Forum on building support for migrant domestic workers at Vrije Universiteit

June 16, 2022 OPENING Malu Villanueva of the Migrant Domestic Workers Union of the FNV welcomes everybody. The MDW are touched by this broad representation of experts: researchers, academics, leaders of the women’s movement, unionists and of course the migrant domestic workers themselves. The MDW have set 2 strategic goals: 1. the ratification of ILO C-189Continue reading Forum on building support for migrant domestic workers at Vrije Universiteit

Fortress Netherlands?

Week Tegen Racisme 2022 Talk To the outside world, the Netherlands has the reputation of a “migrants-friendly country”.  Does this reputation match reality? Neighboring countries are outdoing the Netherlands in opening their arms to migrants as they acknowledge the contributions that migrants make to society.  Is the new Rutte government capable of enacting a more humane policyContinue reading “Fortress Netherlands?”

What are the rights of undocumented migrants doing domestic work?

By Jordan Dez | October 1, 2021 Ten years ago, the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers was drafted containing labor rights for domestic workers. The Netherlands has not ratified this convention. The residence blog explains the content of the treaty, discusses why the Netherlands has not ratified it, and explains why this is not onlyContinue reading “What are the rights of undocumented migrants doing domestic work?”

Nur Hajati, president of FNV Migrant Domestic Workers Union (FNVMDWU), speaking at a protest rally on June 20, 2021 in Nijmegen against the policies of the Netherlands government in the face of the COVID pandemic.

Livestream: Dignity for Domestic Workers at Pakhuis de Zwijger on May 28,2021.

On June 16, 2021,  the world will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ILO Convention 189 on “Decent work for domestic workers.”  But for domestic workers in the Netherlands, often women, there is little cause for celebration since the Dutch government has not ratified the convention nor changed the current law: “Wet Dienstverlening Aan Huis”Continue reading “Livestream: Dignity for Domestic Workers at Pakhuis de Zwijger on May 28,2021.”


“Everyone in this country deserves protection, even without residence status” FNV: Help the domestic workers Due to the corona crisis, tens of thousands of domestic workers in our country have lost all their income overnight. Many of these people also have no residence status, which means that they cannot fall back on social security andContinue reading “#DomesticWorkersSupportAidNOW”

Primer on ILO Convention 189

Primer on ILO Convention 189 ​ Domestic work is work. Domestic workers are, like other workers, entitled to decent work. On 16 June 2011, the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization adopted the Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers, which is also referred to as the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).Continue reading “Primer on ILO Convention 189”

Manifesto of Migrant Domestic Workers

Manifesto of Migrant Domestic Workers​ We, domestic workers from the different migrants communities in the Netherlands coming from the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, have joined together to form ourselves into a union to find our place within Dutch society and contribute to its over-all well being, as well as provide forContinue reading “Manifesto of Migrant Domestic Workers”