Global Network-Asia Co-sponsors Regional Preparatory Conference to the 2011 ILC; eyes the passage of the Domestic Workers Convention

The Global Network in Asia, in collaboration with Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), Humanitarian Organization on Migration and Economics (HOME), Transient Workers Count Too, St. Francis Workers Center, Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers, Asian Migrant Domestic Workers Alliance (ADWA), National Trade Union Confederation (NTUC), the International Trade Union Confederation Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Brussels, convened a Regional Preparatory Consultation in relation to the 2011 International Labour Conference (ILC) on 23-25 April 2011 at the Catholic Welfare Centre at 55 Waterloo St., Singapore.

With the theme “Towards an ILO Convention on Domestic Work: Building a strong Asian solidarity and delegation to the 2011 International Labour Conference”, the Regional Consultation brought together domestic workers, trade unions, domestic work advocates and other stakeholders across Asia for 3 days of discussions and workshops focusing on a) analyzing the political climate around the campaign for an ILO Convention; b) critically examining the content of the Blue Report; c) mapping and identifying strategies that would create greater social recognition for domestic workers and establish their labor rights as workers; and d) drawing up a plan of action leading to the ILC and, thereafter, towards the convention’s ratification.

Based on their joint statement, the delegation “welcomed the ‘Blue Report’ produced by the International Labour Organisation. It sets out the text of the draft convention and recommendations – the result of an extended process of study and discussions at the national, regional, and international levels. When adopted, it will establish an international yardstick of basic standards concerning decent work for domestic workers and could be the basis for adopting and changing national laws. When ratified by member states and applied, it should do much to raise the status of domestic workers and ensure respect for their rights.”

The consultation was attended by around 70 people from 12 countries and territories: Belgium, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan. Participating Global Network-Asia partners were Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI), Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Hongkong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU), Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), Self Employed Women Association (SEWA), General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) and Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN).

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