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.”

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”

ILO Convention 189 – Domestic Workers Convention, 2011

ILO Convention 189 – Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 ​ Preamble The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its 100th Session on 1 June 2011, and Mindful of the commitment of the International Labour Organization to promoteContinue reading “ILO Convention 189 – Domestic Workers Convention, 2011”


SOLIDARITY WITH DOMESTIC WORKERS:​ TIME FOR RECOGNITION AND RESPECT In the Netherlands, an estimated 150,000 domestic workers, 80,000 alfahelpers and 50,000 PGB care providers work in private households. They take care of children and the elderly, do the laundry and (partially) take over the care of the household. This allows their employers to work, studyContinue reading “SOLIDARITY WITH DOMESTIC WORKERS”