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posted 7 Aug 2012, 08:50 by Gerry Kangalee
The Philippines has become the second country, following Uruguay, to ratify International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 189. which brings the Convention into force. The ratification of two ILO member states is required before a convention comes into force.

ILO Convention 189 sets new international standards for the protection of household helpers. The new ILO instrument, which defines domestic work as work performed in or for a household or households, covers all domestic workers and provides special measures to protect those workers who, because of their young age or nationality or live-in status, may be exposed to additional risks relative to their peers, among others.

Under ILO Convention 189, household workers should be given “reasonable working hours, weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours, clear information on terms and conditions of employment, as well as respect for fundamental principles, including freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining.”
At the International Labour Conference in 2011, the T&T government voted for the adoption of Convention 189 but has made no move since then to ratify the convention by enacting legislation enabling it to come into force. The National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) played a major role over the years in the international campaign for the ILO to adopt convention 189. The union is now engaged in a campaign to pressure the PP government to fulfil its promise to ratify the convention. But you know the PP when it comes to keeping promises...