The ILO Convention 189 on domestic workers is 10 years old and to date, 32 countries have ratified this convention but this does not include the UK where The Voice of Domestic Workers and campaign allies have been campaigning to sign and ratify. In 2011, the government worker and employer delegates of the ILO adopted the Convention 189 and Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers which aimed to improve the living and working conditions of millions of domestic workers worldwide. ILO C189 is a strong recognition of the economic contribution and social value of domestic work and a call to address the inclusion of domestic workers in labour laws and social protection.
This year on June 16 we observe a double celebration because it is International Domestic Workers Day and the ten-year anniversary of the adoption of ILOC189.
While UK Domestic Workers could celebrate the historic implementation of ILO C189, there is a strong ground to advance our campaign to ensure domestic workers becoming once again the UK’s pride as a leading example of how vulnerable workers could be properly protected by restoring rights to be able to change employer without restrictions, renew their visas every year and be valuable citizens of the United Kingdom - and these rights could be strengthened in the ratification and implementation of ILO C189.
We are launching our campaign with our major allies Unite the Union, Kalayaan TUC, Anti-slavery International and Freedom United: ''10 years and Still Waiting: Time to Ratify the ILO C189 Convention on Domestic Workers'' to ratify ILO C189 on June 16 at 6 PM, Details to follow.