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June 2014

  1. The ILO Staff Celebrates International Domestic Workers' Day

    16 June 2014

    When we employ domestic workers, we have a responsibility to ensure that their rights are respected. Today, on the 3rd Anniversary of Convention 189 (June 16), the ILO WORKQUALITY team is raising awareness among ILO staff for each one of us to think of a way to make our homes a decent workplace for the domestic workers we employ.

May 2014

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    Maternity protection makes headway amid vast global gaps

    13 May 2014

    Despite progress in maternity benefits and a trend supporting paternity leave, an ILO report finds most women around the world are still not protected at work.

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    Economic crisis lends unexpected support to families in some countries

    13 May 2014

    An ILO report says a surprising side effect of the crisis in some countries was a lift to families, including better benefits for maternity and parental leave.

  3. Colombia ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    12 May 2014

    Colombia is the fourteenth ILO member State and the eight 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.

  4. The best Mother’s Day gift of all

    09 May 2014

    As many countries mark Mother’s Day on May 11, the ILO is poised to release its report on maternity protection, covering adequate leave, safety rules, discrimination protection and proper nursing breaks.

March 2014

  1. ILO survey on domestic workers: preliminary guidelines

    24 March 2014

  2. Argentina ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    24 March 2014

    Argentina is the thirteenth ILO member State and the seventh 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.

February 2014

  1. Working Conditions Laws 2012

    06 February 2014

    This report provides an international comparative legal information on national working conditions legislation and highlights global and regional trends in over 150 countries. The report covers national legislation in three fundamental working conditions: working hours, minimum wages, and maternity protection. The report aims to provide ILO constituents, policymakers, and researchers with comparative legal information on these issues as they consider legislation and policies that impact on workplaces and their workforce.

January 2014

  1. Working conditions: time for EU Member States to implement the ILO domestic workers convention

    28 January 2014

    The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of a Decision authorising Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention concerning fair and decent work for domestic workers.

December 2013

  1. Ecuador ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    18 December 2013

    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.

  2. A fair wage: A human right

    09 December 2013

    As the UN marks the 20th anniversary of Human Rights Day under the theme “20 Years: Working for your rights”, ILO News focusses on the challenges facing low-paid workers, which are at the centre of economic and social rights.

October 2013

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    ILO Governing Body reviews progress on the situation of domestic workers worldwide

    25 October 2013

    The organization’s executive body discusses the measures that countries have adopted since the adoption of the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention, as well as the steps that are needed to achieve decent working conditions for the world’s 53 million domestic workers.

September 2013

  1. Germany ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

    20 September 2013

    Germany is the 10th ILO member State and the second EU member State to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) which seeks to improve the working and living conditions of an estimated 50 million domestic workers worldwide.

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    Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

    05 September 2013

    This historic ILO Convention gives domestic workers the same rights as other workers.

July 2013

  1. Declaration of the African Regional Domestic Workers Conference

    02 July 2013

    The Africa Domestic Workers Network (AfDWN) was launched at the African Regional Domestic Workers Conference held on 15-16 June 2013, at Community House in Cape Town. June 16th 2013, marked the second anniversary of the adoption of the ILO Convention 189 for Domestic Workers. The 16th June has also been declared the International Domestic Workers' Day.

  2. “Meeting the needs of my family too”: Maternity protection and work-family measures for domestic workers

    01 July 2013

    This document is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.

June 2013

  1. Work Sharing during the Great Recession: New Developments and Beyond (SUMMARY)

    18 June 2013

    This volume examines the resurgent interest in and use of work sharing as a job preservation strategy during the Great Recession of 2008–09. It also considers the crisis experience for the potential use of work sharing to generate jobs, thus contributing to the ongoing debate on its efficacy as an employment creation measure. The book offers in-depth analysis of work sharing in Europe – specifically in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands – and in the diverse contexts of Japan, Turkey, the United States and Uruguay. It synthesizes the main lessons learned from the country cases and considers their implications for the future of work sharing.

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    Work sharing can save jobs in times of crisis

    18 June 2013

    Reducing hours of work can have positive effects on employment levels during a severe economic downturn, preserve skills and sustain enterprises.

  3. © S.Sekhri / The Times Of India 2018

    Ten million child labourers in domestic work

    12 June 2013

    To mark World Day Against Child Labour, the ILO publishes a report outlining the abuses suffered by millions of children working in family homes.

May 2013

  1. Snapshot: ILO in action, domestic workers

    31 May 2013

    A growing number of countries are taking measures to improve the living and working conditions of domestic workers. But the momentum needs to be stepped up to ensure that domestic workers worldwide enjoy labour rights, just like other workers.