Domestic Workers - 12 by 12

12 12 1Members of Domestic Workers Action Group, Congress and SIPTU outside the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation for 12 by 12 campaign (Pic Scott Millar)

Government Ratifies ILO Convention on Domestic Workers' Rights!

In June 2014, the Government finally ratified the ILO Convention!  Well done to all who campaigned for this important victory. More on Domestic Workers Right here

Following this, Minister Flanagan announced new guidelines for diplomatic staff employing private domestic employees

Congress welcomes landmark WRC Au Pair case

Join the campaign for rights and protection for domestic workers

12 by 12There are over 100 million workers employed to do work in someone else's house all over world. These domestic workers clean, cook, do laundry, provide care to children and the elderly and lots more. Their work is undervalued, underpaid, invisible, not recognised, and not respected. The majority of domestic workers are women (82%) - many are migrants or children. (...)

In December 2011, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) launched the "12 x 12" worldwide campaign on getting 12 countries to ratify ILO Convention No 189 by the end of 2012. The campaign has already mobilised 12 by 12 coalitions in 73 countries, demanding the ratification of Convention No 189 and better national laws. Congress is an active participant here in Ireland. We have been calling on the Irish Government to be among the first to ratify Convention 189 and are still awaiting a formal response.

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In the years leading up to the adoption of ILO Convention 189, Congress played an active role in campaigning for the rights of Domestic Workers:

  • Calling for a strong international convention to be adopted at the ILO;
  • Congress publication on Rights of Domestic Workers;
  • Negotiating a Code of practice for protectiong persons employed in other people's homes - here
  • Read more about our work: Congress statement at Launch of Campaign for ILO Convention on Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers in March 2011

Useful links:

  • Maire with DWAGMaire Mulcahy, Chair of Congress Women's Committee with Sandra Dzumbira, Olayoke Aikolu, and Myra Galido, members of the Domestic Workers Action Group on the Solidarity Stroll, 6th October 2012Historical adoption of Domestic Workers Convention June 2011
  • Text of ILO Convention 189 here and Recommendation 201 here
  • Range of ITUC publications on Domestic Workers Rights here
  • ETUC work on domestic workers
  • ILO/ACTRAV Organisers manual here
  • IUF on domestic workers
  • International Domestic Workers Network - IDWN
  • SIPTU support for Domestic Workers
  • Domestic Workers Action Group of the Migrant Rights Centre