The domestic workers convention 2011: implications for migrant domestic workers in Southeast Asia
Cook, Alistair David Blair
Hangzo, Pau Khan Khup
Date of Issue2012
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies
The recent International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (Domestic Workers Convention 2011) offers an opportunity to finally address the longstanding issue of the protection of the human and labour rights of migrant domestic workers. This NTS Insight evaluates the responses of four Southeast Asian states – Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore – to the Convention. It highlights continuing differences between labour sending and labour receiving countries in terms of their responses, and suggests that ASEAN could play a significant role in bridging that gap and promoting the adoption of universal standards and practices.
Nanyang Technological University