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Mexico: Local Deputy urged the Senate to ratify C189

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by IDWFED published Apr 04, 2012 12:00 AM
Contributors: Álberto Medina/El Porvenir
As part of a legal analysis of labor, today law experts demanded a better legislation in some labor sectors as the domestic one. Therefore local deputies exhorted the Senate of the Republic to ratify Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Deputy José Ángel Alvarado Hernández, coordinator of the Legislative Group of New Alliance, mentioned that the domestic workers represent 4.6 percent of the economically active population in our country, of which 90 percent are women.

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As part of a legal analysis of labor, today law experts demanded a better legislation in some labor sectors as the domestic one. Therefore local deputies exhorted the Senate of the Republic to ratify Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Deputy José Ángel Alvarado Hernández, coordinator of the Legislative Group of New Alliance, mentioned that the domestic workers represent 4.6 percent of the economically active population in our country, of which 90 percent are women.

«Their work constitutes a valuable contribution to our economy, in addition they contribute by their economic transfers to other families inside the country… yet this sector of the population is discriminated, depriving them of their labor human rights.»

According to data of the National Council to Prevent Discriminación (CONAPRED), 95 percent of the domestic workers in Mexico do not count on health services; 80 percent lack labor benefits; 61 percent do not have vacations and 46.5 percent do not receive Christmas allowances.

Also the president of the Commission of Education, Culture and Sport, indicated that a part of the problem resides in the fact that domestic work is not considered as work but support or aid, when proceeding at home; for this reason, the effective legislation in the matter is restrictive.

The 16 of June 2011, the International Labor Organization approved the Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and emitted Recommendation 201, and so the recognition of the labor rights of this sector of the population and the definition of minimum norms for this work was achieved.

«Considering the importance of domestic work for the economy of the country and our society, it is important that Mexico ratifies Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization, in this way the necessity to correct the deficiencies of the effective legislation in the matter will be clear, in order to dignify the remunerated domestic work and to impel the adaptation of public policies, to guarantee their labor human rights», affirmed the deputy.

Read this article in Spanish.

Source: Álberto Medina/El Porvenir

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