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Petitioning Minister Richard Bruton
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Minister Richard Bruton

Minister Richard Bruton Prevent Exploitation: Ratify Domestic Workers Convention

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.


Letter to
Minister Richard Bruton
Dear Minister Richard Bruton,

We are writing to ask you to ratify ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers that the Irish government voted in favour of in Geneva in June 2011. Ratifying the convention will establish stronger laws in Ireland to protect the rights of over 10,000 domestic workers in Ireland. It will help prevent situations of modern day slavery and domestic servitude that many domestic workers experience.

The Irish State has the opportunity to be exemplary here. Leading the way to ratification in Europe would strengthen our international credibility in terms of our commitment to protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in society, particularly in light of our election to the Human Rights Council in 2013.

Specifically, we urge you to:

- Make a public commitment to ratify the convention in 2012 and implement the recommendation and inform the International Labour Office of your intention
- Review Irelands’ national laws and reform them as necessary to bring them into line with the new convention and recommendation
I look forward to hearing from you on this urgent matter.


Yours sincerely,