The International Labour Organisation has overwhelmingly backed a new convention to protect domestic workers as governments try to establish a universal standard to protect as many as 100 million people worldwide.
Member countries of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favour of a landmark treaty to protect the rights of domestic workers worldwide. Advocates of the new convention say a universal standard is needed to address the situation of workers that have long remained among the most exploited and abused.
According to data from individual countries, more than 52.5 million people worldwide earn their living as domestic workers. However, their often unofficial status in their host countries makes it likely that the real figure is closer to 100 million, the ILO said