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Domestic Workers are Workers!


This week - on Thursday 16th- the plenary conference of the ILO ILC adopted the texts of a Convention and a Recommendation which set up international standards for tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

Domestic workers are now recognized as workers and they are entitled to minimum legal protection on equal footing with other categories of workers.

The Convention on Domestic Workers was adopted by a vote of 396 to 16, with 63 abstentions and the accompanying Recommendation by a vote of 434 to 8, with 42 abstentions. The vote was followed by an enthusiastic reaction from all Domestic Workers present at the ILO ILC.

The Global Network co-chair, Elizabeth Tang, from Hong Kong CTU, was present at the moment of the vote together with a delegation of the Federation of Asian Domestic Workers (FADWU). 

Watch the video

Read the text of the Convention

Read the International Domestic Workers Network Press Release following the vote

Read SOLIDAR Briefing on Domestic Workers