Sunday, December 23, 2012

Italy Ratifies Convention 189

We are really looking forward for the day when Lebanon also moves in this direction. Hard to see but not impossible.

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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) congratulates the Italian Government on becoming the first European country to ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Work. The Italian ratification follows a successful campaign by the Italian trade unions that have pressed for a speedy ratification Convention. The campaign forms part of the wider 12 x 12 Campaign that is mobilising European and International trade unions for a full endorsement of the Convention on Domestic Work in all member states of the ILO. Italy is the eight country to ratify the Convention worldwide.

Thanks to this Convention, domestic workers now have the same rights as all other workers, including the right to the minimum wage, access to social security, maximum working time and obligatory rest periods. Domestic workers can now defend their rights collectively. Although Italian legislation and a collective agreement already provide a complete legal framework for domestic workers, only half of them are covered by social security and 40% of them work in an irregular situation. The ratification will give new impetus to achieve decent working conditions for all domestic workers. It will be of primary benefit to women and migrants.

This ratification is even more meaningful because it took place on International Migrants Day. Most domestic workers are migrants and women, who are often exposed to poor or irregular working conditions, in Europe as elsewhere. The ratification in all Member States should be a first step to restoring the dignity of domestic work and to concretely improving their working and living conditions. The ETUC urges all EU Member States not to delay in following the Italian example.

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