Trade union leaders, migrant rights activists and migration experts on Sunday called upon the government for ratification of the ILO Convention 189 for recognition and remuneration of the works of the women domestic workers.
The ILO convention 189 adopted during the 100th session of the International Labour Organizatio on 16 June 2011 in Geneva.
The convention gave the rights to domestic workers as decent work with daily and weekly (at least 24 h) rest hours, entitlement to the minimum wage and to choose the place where they live and spend their leave.
Despite being a signatory to the convention, Bangladesh is yet to ratify it, the speakers told a workshop, jointly organized Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendra and Migration Forum Asia at Bangladesh Korea Technical Training Center in Dhaka.
Joanna Yu from the Migration Forum Asia based in the Philippines raised the importance of ILO Convention 189 for the domestic workers.
‘Domestic Workers are Workers,’ she said, adding that recognition of domestic work as work could legitimize the claims of domestic workers to dignity in the workplace.
WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that it was necessary for Bangladesh to ratify the ILO convention for protection of the country’s domestic worker at home and abroad.
Bangladesh National Domestic Workers Union general secretary Murshida Akter Nahar emphasized on the Article 14 of ILO C189 and stated that the domestic workers should enjoy conditions that are not less favourable than those applicable to workers generally in respect of social security protection, including with respect to maternity.
Trade union leader Abul Hosain, also Dhaka City unit president of Bangladesh Worker’s Party said that if Bangladesh failed to ratify ILO Convention 189, they would fail to achieve the result of its demographic dividend.
BNSK officials among others also spoke at the workshop.