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17 Jun 2022

Daily Mirror Online

Sri Lanka: Labour activists renew calls to ratify new ILO Convention on domestic workers

"Labour activists renew calls to ratify ILO Convention on domestic workers", 17 June 2022

Commemorating International Domestic Workers Day, Sri Lanka’s labour rights activists urged the government to ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers without further delay in order to provide much-needed recognition and legal protection to estimated 350,000 domestic workers who remain invisible in the country’s labour force.


...Average monthly wage of a domestic worker remains low at Rs.15, 940...


As domestic work in the country operates outside the full protection and purview of labour laws, ILO highlighted that female workers are in particular vulnerable to exploitation.

...studies found that domestic workers remain invisible in the labour force with a lack of recognition in labour laws, and largely being excluded from the definition of workers in Sri Lanka’s labour laws.