Domestic Workers Day - June 16


For the estimated 67 million domestic workers around the globe, June 16th marks a great victory - and serves as a rallying point in the ongoing fight for their rights.

Domestic worker day

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On June 16, 2011 at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, domestic workers won an international labour standard that recognizes their significant contribution to the global economy.Convention 189 and accompanying Recommendation on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C189) establishes that these workers should have fair working conditions, extends rights such as paid leave, minimum wages and employment contracts to domestic workers.

Since 2011, 28 countries have ratified C189.

This victory was the result of years-long, coordinated campaign by domestic worker organizations – regional, national and international – and their allies. The movement led to the formation of the International Domestic Workers' Federation (IDWF). 

Fighting for Safe, Respectful Workplaces in 2019

Domestic worker delegation ILC 2019

This year, domestic workers are back at the International Labour Conference (ILC) to fight for an end to the violence and harassment they face on the job. They are demanding that a new standard recognize and address the challenges of working in private homes as place of work issues. Follow the IDWF, domestic workers and other informal workers who are making their voices heard at the ILC.

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