Minister Richard Bruton Prevent Exploitation: Ratify Domestic Workers Convention
  • Petitioned Minister Richard Bruton

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Minister Richard Bruton

Minister Richard Bruton Prevent Exploitation: Ratify Domestic Workers Convention

    1. Petition by

      Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI)

Susie came to Ireland aged 17 with her employers as a live-in childminder. For 3 years she worked 15 hour days with no time off and received no pay. She is one of millions of domestic workers who have experienced modern day slavery. Susie is asking you to take action to get the Irish Government to introduce stronger laws to protect domestic workers like her.

We want our Government to commit to ratifying the ILO Convention by December 12 2012, a global day for action. If enough of us sign this petition Minister Bruton cannot ignore this call. Together we can influence his decision.

Domestic work is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world, with over 100 million workers. 80% are women and girls. They provide essential caring and cleaning roles in society, yet many are undervalued, overworked and underpaid.

In Ireland:
10,000 plus people are employed in private homes

40 cases of forced labour involving women working in private homes since2008

This sector has the highest number of reported cases of trafficking for forced labour, 50% are cases involving embassies

Countless women forced to stay in inhumane and undignified situations, denied their most basic human rights

By signing this you are helping Susie, and others like her, in their fight for equality and recognition.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. We still have a week until 12.12.12 and support for the campaign is strong!

      Trade unions, human rights organisations, gender equality NGOs, academia and international bodies including SIPTU, ICTU, Unite, IFUT, Mandate, UN ILO, UN Women, Caritas International, Oxfam Ireland, Amnesty International, NWCI, OSCE, and Anti-Slavery International, have come out in support of the ratification of the Domestic Workers ILO Convention.

      On Wednesday December 12th at 12pm we will deliver the petition to Minister Bruton, showing him the widespread support for new laws to protect the rights of domestic workers and asking him to commit to ratification.

      Only One Week to Go!

    3. Over 800 signitures and counting!

      We have over 800 signatures in support of the domestic workers convention so far, and would like to say thank you to everyone for the show of solidarity. Less than two weeks to go till 12.12.12 so let’s keep things moving! Please share this with your friends, family and colleagues, and together we can help strengthen laws to protect domestic workers, not only in Ireland, but across the world.

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Oxfam Ireland Supports Camapign to Ratify of Domestic Workers Convention

      Today, Oxfam Ireland’s Ending Poverty Starts With Women campaign came out in support of the ratification of the domestic workers convention.

      "Gender inequality is the most fundamental obstacle to the eradication of poverty. The disproportionate impact of poverty on women and girls is no accident but rather the result of discrimination and the denial of women's basic human rights. As part of Oxfam Ireland's Ending Poverty Starts With Women campaign, we welcome the call by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland for the ratification of ILO Convention 189.

      Domestic work is a rapidly growing sector and 80% of the world's domestic workers are women and girls. However, despite the essential role they play in society these women and girls are often vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Ratification will help establish stronger laws to protect the rights of domestic workers in Ireland and internationally."

      Ciara Gaynor,
      Policy & Advocacy Coordinator,
      Oxfam Ireland

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. MEP Emer Costello Calls on Gov to prioritise Domestic Workers Rights

      Labour MEP Emer Costello Calls for Irish Gov to prioritise Domestic Workers Convention during EU presidency in 2013 to protect vulnerable workers. "Domestic work is socially and economically important but it is too often precarious, undervalued and undeclared work. I want to see the Convention on Domestic Workers ratified by Ireland and by all countries as quickly as possible. We have to ensure that domestic jobs are decent jobs. The obligations set down in the Convention should be treated as the floor, not the ceiling, of protections for domestic workers. For example, at European level, we must ensure that domestic workers are fully protected by EU anti-discrimination and health and safety laws, including in relation to maternity leave."

      Domestic Workers Action Group (DWAG) Solidarity Stroll 6th October 2012

      Members of MRCI's Domestic Workers Action Group (DWAG) call for the government to ratify ILO Convention 189 to protect rights for women working in private homes to help tackle situations of modern day slavery in the sector. 12 in 12 is a global campaign for fair laws for domestic workers.There are over 100 million workers employed in private homes all over the world.

    8. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mariela Gonzalez LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because it is time to recognise that Domestic is just another type of work, therefore need to be regulated.

    • jeane amadi DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      as a human being treated as a slave is inhumane

    • Darius Whelan CORK, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is an important issue - true equality for domestic workers is needed.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Such vulnerable people deserve protection.

    • alicia soriano RANELAGH, IRELAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      in order for me to visit my family


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