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.
What They Say About Us
- Working through the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC), a number of labor groups from Southeast Asia have proposed the ASEAN Social Charter, which they see …
- Labour rights do not feature prominently on ASEAN’s agenda, but the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) is pushing for a social charter and a framework for the protection of migrant workers.
- ASEAN22 : The ASEAN Social Charter was designed by the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) and labour-friendly NGOs as a social counterpart to ASEAN’s economic
c/o Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
No. 2 Kalaw-Ledesma Circle, Tierra Verde 2, Tandang Sora, Quezon City 1116