Last June 16, 2011, the member countries and delegates during the 100th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) adopted the ILO Convention 189 and Recommendation 201 on decent work for Domestic Workers. C189 provides the framework and governing rules for the recognition of domestic work as work and equal rights for all domestic workers in the world. The Philippine government has been one of the leading countries to support the
Convention and has lobbied for its adoption in the ILO in Geneva last June.
Now that domestic workers have a convention, the challenge is to translate its contents into the realities of domestic workers. The Convention for Domestic Workers needs to be ratified by the member countries of the ILO. The Philippines and Uruguay are the first countries to signify immediate ratification of C189. With the support and involvement of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with various workers’ organizations and civil society groups in the country, the Philippines will host the post-ILC Asia Regional Conference in Manila on
October 24-26, 2011 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila.