Philippines praised as ASEAN’s lone labour protector
Manila: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify a convention that protects domestic workers, adding the Philippines should be a model because it has been ASEAN’s only member country that has ratified the 2011 convention.
“If nine other ASEAN member countries ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers (C 189), it will mean labour protection for six million or 61 per cent of 10 million domestic workers in Southeast Asia and the Pacific,” Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO assistant director general, said.
ILO’s Convention on Domestic Workers, also known as Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, states that domestic workers should have a minimum age and must be protected by written contracts of employment stating minimum wage salary, job description, condition of employment, daily rest, and once a week leave. They are entitled to choose the place where to live and spend their day off, and protection from violence. The contract of employment for overseas domestic helpers must be signed before their immigration.
Signed in Geneva in 2011, the ILO Convention was adopted in 2013 with 396 tripartite votes (from government, employers, and workers). It entered into force in 2013, and ratified by 23 countries as of October 2016. By Barbara Mae Dacanay
The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the ASEAN Trade Union Council.
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