Philippines: Department of labour urges partners to support Convention for domestic workers

Philippines Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged labor, management, and other stakeholders to support the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in crafting comments and responses to the proposed International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendations on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Baldoz said the comments and responses of the tripartite partners and other sectors will be included in the position of the Philippines to the proposed convention and recommendations which will set both local and international standards on domestic work.

“After years of advocacy on decent work for domestic workers in the country, we have now in our hands the draft of the international instruments that would strengthen our measures to protect and promote the welfare and development of our domestic workers both here and overseas,” said Baldoz.

The labor chief, in this regard, has directed DOLE Undersecretary Hans J. Cacdac to immediately reconvene the social partners through the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) to look at their respective comments and responses to the proposed ILO Convention to harmonize the Philippine position on the said proposed Convention before it will be transmitted to the ILO in Geneva.

Cacdac was also tasked to seek a favorable view on the survey instrument by ASEAN countries to secure a solid block in the 100th session of the International Labor Conference(ILC)in 2011.

Baldoz noted that the proposed ILO Convention and Recommendation on Decent Domestic Work will ensure the setting up of standards in the protection and promotion of domestic workers’ welfare, locally and internationally.

She dubbed the proposed Convention and Recommendation on Decent Domestic Work as a “breakthrough in the ILO’s labor standards setting efforts,” because in many parts of the world, domestic work is still not considered as “work”, thus, it is prone to abuse and exploitation.

The proposed ILO Convention and Recommendation for Decent Domestic Work will include the establishment of standards in minimum wage and its coverage, freedom of association, medical testing, accommodation, terms of employment, and protection of domestic workers.

The 99th session of the ILC in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2010, approved a resolution to consider the adoption of a comprehensive standard on decent work in its session next year. The Philippines heads the Committee on Domestic Work Meetings during the said ILC.

The ILO has prepared the texts of the proposed convention and recommendation which are now being communicated to governments for comments, suggestions and responses. The governments’ comments, suggestions and responses will harmonize certain provisions and will be submitted to the next ILC in 2011

(PIA News agency)

ILO Media for labour rights award 2010 to Nina Corpuz, for her article on Domestic workers in the Philippines

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