Decent work for domestic workers: comparing Spanish and Norwegian law in light of the ILO C189 on domestic work

Date: Thursday 28 November
Time: 12:15-14:00
Place: UiB, Faculty of Law, Juss II, meeting room 448

Domestic workers, according to ILO definition, are workers carrying out work in private households. This includes tasks such as cleaning the house, cooking, washing clothes, taking care of children, or elderly or sick members of a family, gardening, etc.

The preamble to the ILO Convention on domestic work (2011) states that such work “continues to be undervalued and invisible and is mainly carried out by women and girls, many of whom are migrants or members of disadvantaged communities and who are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in respect of conditions of employment and of work, and to other abuses of human rights”.

At present, neither Spain nor Norway has ratified the ILO convention. However, the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has issued a hearing on necessary legislative changes in case of ratification.

Olga Lenzi (predoctoral researcher at the Human Rights Institute of the University of Valencia) and Tine Eidsvaag (Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen) will elaborate on the legal status of domestic workers in Spain and in Norway, in light of the requirements of the ILO convention. This includes issues such as the right to organize, wages, working environment including protection against violence and sexual harassment, working time, labour inspections, and social security coverage.

The event is arranged by the Faculty´s research group on welfare state law.