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Statement International Domestic Workers Day 2021

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16 June 2021
Statement International Domestic Workers Day 2021
La Strada International
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ILO Convention C189 Domestic Workers ratification
On 16 June 2021, on International Domestic Workers Day, La Strada International, its members and other organisations supporting domestic workers rights in Europe call upon governments to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention and to take measures to ensure better protection and access to rights for domestic workers.

On this day, exactly ten years ago, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).  This Convention recognized that domestic workers should have access to the same rights as all other workers. It is an important step towards achieving decent working and living conditions, fulfilment of human rights and access to social protection for domestic workers. The Convention has now been ratified by 32 countries worldwide but most European countries have still not ratified this important convention. Thus, the issue of improving domestic workers’ rights remains more than ever a topical issue.