Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Argentina Becomes 15th Country to Ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Work

In another major step forward for the global movement to expand domestic workers' rights, Argentina last month ratified International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on domestic work, which extends fundamental labor rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide. 

An ILO convention sets an international labor standard, and when governments ratify it, the convention becomes the law in that nation. The historic ILO Convention 189 (C. 189) was adopted at the International Labor Conference (ILC) on June 16, 2011.
C. 189 provides long overdue protections for domestic workers around the world, most of whom are female and migrants. Thus far, 10 countries have registered C. 189 at the ILO: Bolivia, Germany, Italy, Guyana, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the Philippines, South Africa, Uruguay. Five countries finished their ratification process at the national level and are in the process of registering at the ILO: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Argentina.

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