EC urges Member States to implement ILO domestic workers convention

EC urges Member States to implement ILO domestic workers convention

The European Commission has presented a proposal for a Council Decision authorising Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation 2011 Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189).

Countries ratifying the ILO Convention agree to ensure fair and decent conditions for domestic workers by protecting their fundamental labour related rights, preventing abuse and violence and establishing safeguards for young domestic workers.

The Commission proposal for a Council Decision is necessary because the Member States cannot autonomously ratify ILO Conventions without prior authorisation by the Council in respect of those parts of the Convention which fall under EU competence.

On the other hand, the EU itself cannot ratify any ILO Convention, because only States can be parties to it.

 

Read more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-264_en.htm