There are over 100 million workers employed in private homes all over the world. These domestic workers clean, cook, do laundry, and provide care to children and the elderly on a daily basis. Their work is undervalued, underpaid, invisible, not recognized, and not respected. The great majority of domestic workers are women (82%) – many of which are migrants or children.
In a lot of countries domestic workers are excluded from labour legislation and social protection schemes. Many are denied the right, either in law or in practice, to form or join a trade union. As a result, mistreatment, exploitation, violence, and physical and sexual abuse are frequent and often go unpunished.
DWAG is calling on Minister Richard Bruton, to commit to
ratifying ILO Convention 189 in 2012
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