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Italy becomes seventh country to ratify the ILO's covention on domestic workers

Domestic workers demo

The International Labour Organization - the ILO - estimates that there are about 53 million domestic workers in the world. But it points out that because the work is often hidden and unregistered the number might be as high as 100 million. In 2011 member states of the ILO adopted Convention 189 - the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Conventions must be ratified by national legislatures in order to come into effect in a country. The latest country to ratify the convention is Italy. This audio programme features Sharon Burrow, the General-Secretary of the ITUC and the ITUC programme officer responsible for issues concerning domestic workers, Marieke Koning. Duration: 10' 38"

RadioLabour - the international labour movement's radio service - 2013