Fact sheets on domestic workers

  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.

  2. Philippines enact new law protecting domestic workers

    18 April 2013

    The Philippines has promulgated a new domestic workers law, namely the Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers (Republic Act 10361), which is also called the Domestic Workers Act.1 It was signed into law by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on 18 January 2013.

  3. Thailand: new Ministerial Regulation offers better protection of domestic workers' rights

    28 March 2013

    On 9 November 2012, a new Ministerial Regulation No. 14 (B.E. 2555) entered into force improving workplace rights for domestic workers in the Kingdom of Thailand. Issued under the Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541 (1998), the Regulation applies to employers employing workers to perform domestic work which does not involve business operations. It aligns several aspects of the legislation with the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) and Recommendation (No. 201).

  4. Domestic workers: Facts and figures

    07 March 2013

  5. Country profile: domestic work legislation in Spain

    24 February 2012

    The Government of Spain recently promulgated Royal Decree 1620/2011 of 14 November, regulating the special relationship that characterizes service within the family household.

  6. Fact sheet on Domestic Workers' profile and working conditions in the Philippines

    08 November 2011

    This factsheet presents the profile of domestic workers and their employers in the Philippines, and provides an insight into two important aspects of domestic work, namely wages and working hours.

  7. Fact sheet on Domestic workers in Asia and the Pacific

    01 November 2011

    Work in households and homes is as old as time, vital for the well-being of families, communities and societies at large. Traditionally done by women and girls without pay, domestic work is often not perceived as “real employment”. Some argue that women’s contribution to the home and general social good is immeasurable, and so precious that any effort to add a price tag only demeans their contribution. This genderbiased argument has resulted in the effective, systematic, marginalization and undervaluation of domestic work.

  8. Convention No. 189 - Questions and answers

    10 August 2011

    This short factsheet will help you understand what Convention No. 189 is, who it covers, and what minimum standards it sets.

  9. Coverage of domestic workers by key working conditions laws

    13 June 2011

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

  10. Global and regional estimates on domestic workers

    27 May 2011

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