Thursday, 30 June 2011

A Code of Conduct for UN Staff with Domestic Workers

U.N. sets example with law on domestic workers

June 24, 2011 By Willow Osgood, The Daily Star

The United Nations in Lebanon has adopted a code of conduct for U.N. staff who employ domestic workers, in an effort to “influence” similar legislation at the national level.

“What we are hoping to achieve with the code of conduct for national and international staff is to set an example for Lebanon and other countries in the region which rely very heavily on help from domestic workers,” said Robert Watkins, U.N. resident coordinator for Lebanon, at a news conference Thursday to announce the guidelines.

Among the 21 guidelines are requirements that workers be over 18 years old, work no more than 10 hours a day (with breaks), receive a day off each week, and enjoy freedom of movement and an annual leave of at least 15 days. The code of conduct was also distributed in United Nations offices throughout the region.

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