Labour standards

Ecuador ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

Ecuador is the eleventh ILO member State and the fifth Latin American member State to ratify this instrument that seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

News | 18 December 2013
On 18 December 2013, the Government of Ecuador deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Ecuador is the eleventh ILO member State and the fifth Latin American member State to ratify this instrument that seeks to improve the working and living conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

It is estimated that, in Ecuador, approximately 300,000 persons are engaged in domestic work, 95 per cent of whom are women. Only one-fourth of those persons benefit from social security coverage while two out of five domestic workers are paid the minimum wage.

In transmitting the instrument of ratification, the Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ambassador Luis Gallegos, stated: “The ratification of ILO Convention No.189 is another step taken by the Government of Ecuador on behalf of domestic workers and the protection of their rights, and it strengthens measures already taken at the national level, such as the Decent Domestic Work Programme, which since its implementation, in June 2010, has allowed domestic workers to claim their rights, for instance the obligatory inclusion in the social security system. This ratification also shows the commitment of the Government of Ecuador towards international labour standards, as a way to support and complement the national initiatives, always aiming at improving tripartite dialogue and the protection of workers’ rights. Ecuador calls upon other countries, especially countries of destination for migrant domestic workers, to join and implement Convention No. 189, as a way to better protect the rights of an important group of workers worldwide”.

In receiving the instrument of ratification of Convention No. 189 by Ecuador, the Director General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder, stated: “Today the Government of Ecuador joins the rank of ILO members who commit to ensure that persons performing domestic work enjoy the same basic labour rights as other workers. Convention No. 189 intends to offer long overdue protection to that shadow female-dominated workforce often excluded from national labour laws, and therefore deprived from basic rights that the vast majority of workers enjoy such as weekly rest days, limits on hours of work, overtime pay, maternity leave or health care. To date, Latin American countries lead the global effort for improved working and living conditions of domestic workers. I am pleased to note that the Government of Ecuador has enacted legislation providing for social security coverage as well as annual paid leave, 13th and 14th-month salary and transportation allowance for domestic workers, and more broadly, that the momentum around the Domestic Workers Convention remains undiminished with more ratifications expected in the very near future.”

More information on Convention No. 189 and ILO’s work on domestic workers may be found at http://www./ilo.org/global/topics/domestic-workers/lang--en/index.htm