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News


ILO report: Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Europe
June 20, 2013
A report recently released by the International Training Centre of the ILO, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) highlights that in Europe, domestic workers experience discrimination with regard to labour rights and social protection.

Global Network Asia: Read the HKCTU newsletter on labour movements and rights in China
June 14, 2013
The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions published a fresh newsletter on labour movements and rights in China, follow the link to read it.

International Day against Child Labour: Governments Need to Ratify C189
June 13, 2013
On 12 June, the world celebrated the International Day against Child Labour, but the ILO report ‘Ending Child Labour in Domestic Work’ published on the occasion shows there is not much to celebrate. An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slave-like conditions. Six and a half million of these child workers are between five and fourteen years old, and over 71 percent are girls.

Economic analysis of a growing continent: "Africa at a crossroads"
June 12, 2013
On 25 May 2013 African leaders gathered in Addis Ababa to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African bloc, first as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and today as the African Union (AU). For the celebration they set aside Africa’s problems to mark the progress the continent has made. Read the FEPS analysis: "Africa at a crossroads"

Germany ratified C189 for domestic workers: what's next?
June 10, 2013
Two years after the International Labour Organisation adopted Convention 189 on the rights of domestic workers, Germany today became on 7 June 2013 the ninth country to ratify it. As well as being only the second country in Europe to ratify C189, this was also one of the fastest ratification processes in German history. In 2011 German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support for the convention and eleven months later, the German Confederation of Trade Unions‘ (DGB) Hans-Böckler-Foundation published research which revealed that there was no legal hindrance to the German ratification of C189 and no laws would need to be changed. But after the celebrations, what comes next?

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