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EFFAT Report "Promote Industrial Relations in the Domestic Work Sector in Europe"


The present report contains the results of research conducted between May and November 2014 for the EFFAT project “Promote industrial relations in the domestic work sector in Europe”. The research findings were presented to the participants of the EFFAT Women’s Conference on 19 November 2014 in Vienna.

As a result of ensuing discussions, the delegates of the Women’s Conference developed recommendations for future activities of EFFAT. These are as follows:

It is recommended that EFFAT will carry out the following actions concerning the rights and conditions of employment for domestic workers in Europe:

  1. To take action at the level of the European Union, calling upon the President of the European Commission, the Commissioners and other relevant officials, as well as Members of the European Parliament to follow up on their commitment to encourage all EU Member States to ratify ILO Convention No.189 (2011) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, and to revise any European Directives which contain any discriminatory policies towards domestic workers such as specifically excluding them from certain rights;
  1. To contact the competent authorities in all EU Member States, such as Labour Ministries, to urge them to ratify ILO Convention No.189, and to improve national legislation and practice, where necessary, to reflect the employment and other rights that domestic workers have;
  1. To urge all EFFAT member organisations to follow up with their own governments on the need to ratify ILO Convention No.189 (where appropriate), to ensure its contents are fully embedded into national law, and that these laws are fully implemented.

The EFFAT Congress endorsed these recommendations on 21 November 2014.

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.