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Advise Domestic Workers Employment Rights

 May 11, 2012


 INAMU, MTSS and ILO call on the Executive to ratify Convention 189 of the International Labour Organization.

 San Jose, May 11 - The National Women's Institute (INAMU), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), will organize an information day on labor rights of domestic workers . The activity will take place next Sunday, May 13 at theParque La Merced from 9 AM to 2 PM.

The event will serve to remind deputies the importance of the ratification of Convention 189 of the International Labour Organization, and Decent work for domestic workers . This Agreement establishes rights and basic principles for domestic workers and requires the State to take a series of measures to make this craft a quality job.

"In November last year, Congress passed the 9020 Act declaring the last Saturday of March as National Day of Persons Domestic Workers, so that this group of workers will recognize the specialty of their work. We now hope that MPs can ratify the ILO Convention 189, the concrete actions and support to domestic workers, "he said Maureen Clarke Clarke, CEO of INAMU.

She added that with the information day is to reflect on the working conditions that women domestic workers, since the vast majority will not respect their rights.

In the country, the wage of a domestic worker is the lowest of the pay scale, many social uninsured because their employers do not hire them and many prefer to say for hours, avoiding the insurance payment to the Costa Rican Social Security.

According to the Labour Inspectorate of MTSS, the most frequent complaints by domestic workers are related to non-payment of salary increases every six months, holidays, payment of bonus, severance, social security and INS policies.

"In Costa Rica labor law has for some years offered a special regulation to paid domestic work, and has assumed responsibilities with changing regulations in the Labour Code in equating the rights of working people with other domestic workers through Law No. 8726 of July 2, 2009. With the eventual approval of this agreement (189) by the national authorities will be strengthened this protection regulatory framework ", stressed the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Sandra Piszk.

Minimum standards set out in the Convention 189

The Convention refers to working rules on the rights of domestic workers and information on terms and conditions of employment, hours of work, wages, safety and health, social security, among others.

"What the Convention is intended to ensure optimum working conditions which will ensure that effective protection against all forms of abuse, harassment and violence, clear and timely information about the terms and conditions of employment, payment of minimum wage, enjoy day off a week, working day of 8 hours per day and the right to a safe working environment among other things, "said the chief of INAMU.

In Costa Rica there are more than one hundred thousand women domestic workers, 12.3% of female employment plays in that office, which represents the second most common occupation for women after trade. Many people who work in offices are domestic migrants, an estimated total of domestic workers at least 19.1% are from Nicaragua.

Paid domestic work is a decent job that provides welfare, development and ensures the quality of life not only of domestic workers, but also of the person contracting the service.



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