"It seems like just yesterday when we were in the flag-covered room of the United Nations — when our hearts rejoiced and our eyes filled with tears, as the results of the vote came in, in favor of the ILO Convention for domestic workers." Juana Flores, National Domestic Workers Alliance representative to the ILO negotiations. Check out a video of Juana discussing the importance of the ILO decision!
June 16th marked the one year anniversary of the passage of the International Labor Organization Convention for Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The decision was a huge victory for domestic workers across the globe because it "recognizes that domestic workers are the same as any other worker, that we deserve dignity and respect for the decent work we do". Narbada Chhetri, former domestic worker, Organizer at Adhikaar, and NDWA delegate to the ILO.
The decision has allowed domestic workers to organize to win labor protections in UN member countries. Recently, Uruguay became the first country to ratify the convention and the Philippines is well on its way to becoming the second nation to ratify.
In the United States, President Obama announced a proposed change the Fair Labor Standards Act which would provide over 1.8 million homecare workers with minimum wage and overtime protections. In California, domestic workers are close to passing the a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, and in Massachusetts, domestic workers launched a new Bill of Rights Campaign on the anniversary of the ILO decision.
This year has been full of incredible victories for domestic workers, but there is still much more work to be done. Help us spread the word about our movement to win respect, dignity, and labor protections for domestic workers by sharing this video with your friends and family and asking them to join our movement:
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