Today marks the day that the ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers Comes into force in the first two countries who have ratified “C189”: Uruguay and the Philippines. This is an important step on the road to a more widespread acceptance and implementation of the convention. Until now,
eight ILO member States (Bolivia, Italy, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Philippines, South Africa and Uruguay) have ratified the Convention. In addition, Colombia, Costa Rica and Germany have finished their ratification process at the national level but still need to register at ILO.
For Uruguay and the Philippines, the convention became binding law today and they will have to submit a first detailed report on the implementation to the ILO by the September 1, 2014
The International Domestic Workers’ NetWork (IDWN) Points out that “in countries that h have also ratified Convention 144, trade unions must be consulted on matters arising out of matters related to reports on ratified conventions. So far all countries having ratified C189, with the exception of Bolivia and Paraguay, are also parties to C144.”