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Freedom of Association: Migrant Domestic Workers Path towards Labor Rights
The ILO Domestic Workers Convention 189, a major milestone for our movement, stipulates that member states must take measures to promote and realize the fundamental principles and rights at work, namely: freedom of association, freedom of trade union organizations and the effective recognition of the right to collective negotiations.

However, and despite multiple ratification, the state of legislation and implementation remains uneven. Migrant domestic workers, in particular, face additional vulnerabilities due to the sector’s overarching informality, their migration and legal status, and restriction on freedom of association and even movement. Objective 16 of the Global Compact on Migration centers the empowerment of migrants and societies to realize full inclusion. This is not possible without the guarantee of their full, free, and equal participation in society and the economy. Freedom of association and movement are key right that would otherwise enable the representation of migrant domestic workers in social dialogue and negotiations, leading to labor laws that work for the workers.

Against this backdrop, migrant domestic workers, with the support of their national governments and embassies have created precedence and good practice. Migrant domestic workers have as well been part of review processes for the Global Compact on Migration, calling for a strengthened commitment to the fundamental rights ensued through the political representation of workers in unions and membership-based organizations.

Interpretations available:

1/ English
2/ Spanish
3/ French
4/ Portuguese
5/ Swahili
6/ Arabic
7/ Bahasa Indonesia
8/ Thai
9/ Hindi

May 17, 2022 09:00 PM in Hong Kong SAR

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