Thursday, 8 March 2012

Philippines not to be the first to ratify...

Aquino government foot-dragging on ratification of Domestic Workers Convention

Published on March 7, 2012


“We expected the Philippines, as chair of the Committee on Domestic Workers that deliberated on the text of the convention with recommendations, to be the first or one of the first to ratify the convention but so far, it seems that it is not in the list of President Aquino’s priorities.” – Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union

A union of Filipino workers s in Hong Kong recently blasted the Benigno Aquino III administration for what it said was the government’s failure to ratify the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Work (ILO Convention No. 189) eight months after it was approved by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

On June 16, 2011, the ILO adopted what it said was a groundbreaking treaty to extend crucial labor protection to domestic workers. The ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers sets the first global standard on working conditions for the estimated 50 to 100 million domestic workers all over the world, majority of whom are girls and women.

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