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Domestic Workers have declared 16 June as International Domestic Workers Day. On the anniversary of the adoption of the International Labour Organisation Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, it will be a great opportunity for domestic workers around the world to celebrate this historic victory, and remind governments to ratify C189 as soon as possible so that they can deliver real gains to domestic workers.

The International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) will be organizing an event at the ILO during the International Labour Conference to honour those governments which have ratified the Convention and to remind the rest of their domestic duty – that is, to ratify C189 quickly. Globally IDWN will be mobilising domestic workers’ organizations, trade union national centres and other allies to celebrate the victory but also to remind their governments of their duties.

This year domestic workers pledge to make their voices strong and loud and to demand that governments:

  • Review national laws and practices and reform them to bring them into line with the Convention and its accompanying Recommendation
  • Take the opportunity of the 101st International Labour Conference to make a public commitment to ratify the Convention and implement the Recommendation, and to do so as soon as possible.

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