Thursday, September 5, 2013

PHILIPPINES-'MAIDS HAVE LABOR RIGHTS TOO' - Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

MANILA, Philippines – Today, the International Labor Organization's Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) comes into force, officially extending basic labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide.

According to the ILO, this number, which increases every day, adds to an estimated 10.5 million children worldwide working as domestic workers in people's homes. Eighty-three percent of domestic workers are women.
The new Convention becomes binding international law as of September 5 after it was ratified by two ILO member states. To date, eight ILO member states (Bolivia, Italy, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa, and Uruguay) have ratified the Convention.
Since the Convention's adoption, several countries have passed new laws or regulations improving domestic workers' labor and social rights, including Venezuela, Bahrain, the Philippines, Thailand, Spain, and Singapore. Legislative reforms have also begun in Finland, Namibia, Chile, and the United States, among others. Several others have initiated the process of ratification of ILO Convention 189, including Costa Rica and Germany.
"All this shows that the momentum sparked by the ILO Convention on domestic workers is growing. The Convention and recommendation have effectively started to play their role as catalysts for change. They now serve as a starting point for devising new polices in a growing number of countries - recognizing the dignity and value of domestic work," said Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO's Working Conditions and Equality Department.
According to an ILO study from January 2013, entitled Domestic Workers Across the World, domestic workers work for private households, often without clear terms of employment, unregistered, and excluded from the scope of labor legislation. At the time of the research, only 10 percent were covered by general labor legislation to the same extent as other workers. More than one quarter are completely excluded from national labor legislation. 
Deplorable working conditions, labor exploitation, and human rights abuses are major problems facing domestic workers.
Lack of legal protection increases domestic workers' vulnerability and makes it difficult for them to seek remedies. As a result, they are often paid less than workers in comparable occupations and work longer hours.
"Today's entry into force of Convention 189 sends a powerful signal to more than 50 million domestic workers worldwide. I hope that it will also send a signal to ILO member states and that we soon see more and more countries committing to protect the rights of domestic workers," said Tomei.

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