Decent Work for Domestic Workers: Equality and Protection under International Law

Impact: Legal impacts, Societal impacts


The research programme Decent Work for Domestic Workers (DWDW), led from the University of Manchester (UoM), has mapped regulatory strategies for the protection of domestic workers, generating a conceptual framework and set of techniques for the legal regulation of working time. These legal guidelines have informed global policy debates on domestic work, and helped to shape the 2011 International Labour Organization (ILO) ‘Domestic Workers Convention’ (No. 189) and ‘Recommendation’ (No. 201). The research findings have also influenced policy debates in individual jurisdictions, including Australia, Chile and Hong Kong, where research has been utilised in order to both advance a set of rationales for legal intervention, and as a source of techniques that can be incorporated into labour law instruments (i.e. both legislation and collective agreements).

Category of impact

  • Legal impacts
  • Societal impacts

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