Author: Jenny Svensson

Domestic Workers

Decent Work for Domestic Workers!

Protesters demanding fair wages for domestic workers. Photo courtesy: nic0/Flickr.com Few days ago it said 12.12.12 in our calendars. This date was an important day for domestic workers, trade unions and activists in over 50 countries mobilized to raise awareness, put pressure on decision makers and to encourage governments to ratify legislations to protect domestic workers. This campaign is called ’12 by 12’, which was launched in December 2011 by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in partnership with a wide rage of actors to make 12 countries to ratify ILO Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201 by the end of 2012. The latest estimates published by the International Labour Organization shows that over 50 millions workers worldwide are employed in domestic work. In Latin America and the Caribbean, domestic work represent up to 11.9 per cent of the total employment followed by 8.0 per cent in the Middle East, 4.9 per cent in Africa and 3.5 per cent in Asia. As shown above, domestic work is a significant source of employment for many …