Decent Work for Domestic Workers; International Labour Organisation Convention 189

International Labour Organisation- THE CONVENTION TO PROTECT DOMESTIC WORKERS

The International Labour Organization’s 2011 Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189) was adopted in June 2011 to protect the rights of domestic workers across the world.

Countries ratifying the ILO Convention agree to ensure fair and decent conditions for domestic workers by protecting their fundamental labour rights, preventing abuse and violence and establishing safeguards for young domestic workers.

Only a few countries have ratified the Convention so far – as of January 2014 only 11 have completed the ratification procedure. In 2011 the UK Government abstained from voting, citing excellent domestic legislation as reason that the ILO protections are not needed. These are the protections which the Government went on to remove in 2012.

Please support Anti Slavery International’s campaign to pressure your government to ratify the Convention and make the protection of domestic workers a reality.