Trade unions to promote decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labor

Key trade unions representatives from 11 countries will gather at the Regional Trade Union Workshop in Yogyakarta, to discuss innovative ways to reduce child domestic labor through the promotion of decent work for domestic workers.

Press release | Yogyakarta, Indonesia | 15 December 2014
JAKARTA (ILO News): Key trade unions representatives from 11 countries will gather at the Regional Trade Union Workshop in Yogyakarta, to discuss innovative ways to reduce child domestic labor through the promotion of decent work for domestic workers. This Regional Workshop will be held for three days from 15-17 December under the topic: Capacity Building of Domestic Workers Organizations and Elimination of Child Domestic Labor.

The Regional Workshop is organized by the ILO through its Promoting Decent Work for Domestic Workers to End Child Domestic Labor (PROMOTE) Project. PROMOTE Project aims at reducing child domestic labor significantly by building institutional capacities of partners to promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers effectively. The Project works to increase the knowledge, skills and expertise on reducing child domestic labor and promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers, with a main focus on Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country and home to millions of domestic workers, many of them are children.

The Workshop aims to examine strategies for supporting the ratification and implementation of the ILO Convention No. 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Workshop also provides a venue for trade unions representatives to identify strengths, gaps and needs of various countries related to, among others, legal protection, wages, working hours of domestic work, protection of children aged 15 – 17 y.o. in domestic work. In addition, means of strengthening the capacity of unions and regional cooperation will be part of the goals.

“Domestic workers, like other workers, have the right to decent working and living conditions. The Convention also makes clear that children above the minimum age for employment must be given special protection when employed in domestic work,” said Shigeru Wada, Senior Specialist for Workers Education from ILO Regional Office for Asia Pacific, Bangkok.

Sessions in the workshop include the introduction to the ILO Convention No. 189, which constitutes the first global standard for the 52.6 million domestic workers worldwide and experiences sharing by participants on the promotion of decent work for domestic workers and on reaching out to both adult and child domestic workers through organizing. The Workshop will also cover issues related to legislation and policy and conclude with the development of actions plan to move forward with more concrete activities. In addition, an online information network on decent work for domestic workers and elimination of child domestic labour developed by IDWF with support from the ILO’s Promote Project will be launched during the Workshop.

Participants attending the Workshop are from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, ,Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

For further information, please contact:

Shigeru Wada, Senior Specialist for Workers Education, ILO Regional Office for Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Email: wada@ilo.org

Soeharjono. Program Officer for Workers Activities, ILO Jakarta, Tel.: +6221 391 3112, Email: soeharjono@ilo.org

Arum Ratnawati, Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO PROMOTE Project, Tel.: +6221 391 3112 ext. 130, Email: arum@ilo.org