KASAMA Vol. 26 No. 2 / April-May-June 2012 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network


Ratify and Implement ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers Now!

IDWD Logo16 June 2012

Today, as we commemorate the first anniversary of the adoption of ILO Convention 189 (C189) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, we call on ILO Member States to immediately ratify and implement C189 as a demonstration of their global commitment made at the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference on 16 June 2011.

Ratifying C189 is important, urgent and a priority! Wide ratifications of C189 would benefit an estimated 100 million domestic workers around the world who for long have been unrecognized, neglected, and forgotten.

We commend Uruguay for being the first country to ratify C189. We are optimistic that this step forward will encourage the rest of the world to follow in particular the Philippines which also committed to be among the first countries to ratify the Convention.

We call on States, employers, recruiters, civil society, religious groups, and the general public to become instruments of change and reinvent their views on domestic work. Specifically, we raise our call to the following:

Domestic Work is Work! Domestic Workers are Workers! Domestic Work is Not Slavery! Ratify C189!

Signed by: 

* ACTFORM-Sri Lanka * AFL-CIO * Ain O Salish Kendro (ASK)-Bangladesh * Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL-Philippines) * Association for Community Development-Bangladesh * Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines-Migrants Center-Philippines * ATIKHA-Philippines * Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies-Bangladesh * Cambodia Legal Education Center (CLEC)-Cambodia * Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center (CLMC)-Lebanon * Center for Indian Migrant Studies (CIMS)-India * Center for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS-Nepal) * Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA)-Philippines * Coalition for Migrants Rights (CMR)-Hongkong * Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI)-Indonesia * Federation of Free Workers (FFW)-Philippines * German Commission for Justice and Peace-Germany * Global Network-Asia * Helpers for Domestic Helpers (HDH)-Hongkong * Hongkong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU)-Hongkong * Hope Workers Center (HWC)-Taiwan * Hsinchu Migrants and Immigrants Services Center (HMISC) * Humanitarian Organization for Migration and Economics (HOME)-Singapore * Institute of Social Development (ISD)-Sri Lanka * International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) * JALA PRT-Indonesia * KAKAMMPI-Philippines * Kanlungan Center Foundation-Philippines * Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia (KSPI)-Indonesia * Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN) * Labour Education Foundation (LEF)-Pakistan * Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW)-Cambodia * Migrant Care-Indonesia * Migrant Forum in Asia * Migrant Forum India * National Domestic Workers Movement-India * POURAKHI-Nepal * Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC)-Nepal * Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA-Academy)-India * Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia (SBMI)-Indonesia * Solidarity Center * Sr. Immaculate De Alwis, ACTFORM-Sri Lanka * SUMAPI-Philippines * Transient Workers Count Too-Singapore * Unlad Kabayan Migrant Services Foundation, Inc-Philippines * Visayan Forum Foundation Incorporated-Philippines * WARBE Development Foundation-Bangladesh * Youth Action Nepal (YOAC)-Nepal