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Ratify the ILO Convention 189, Decent Work for Domestic Workers, to improve the lives and working conditions of domestic workers

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Source: Jamaica Labour Party Manifesto pg.43 February 18, 2016

Thursday September 22, 2016 | Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica Ratifies Domestic Workers Convention

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on (Thursday, September 22) announced that the government, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention).

Recognizing the presence of Ms Shirley Pryce at the UN, who is a staunch advocate for women’s empowerment and the rights of domestic workers in Jamaica, Prime Minister Holness stated that “I’m pleased to announce that Jamaica has signed by virtue of her (Ms Pryce) instrumentality, we have signed and we are ratifying the ILO Domestic Workers Convention C189.” He added that the instrument is now in the process of being deposited at the International Labour Office through Jamaica’s Embassy in Geneva.

Saturday July 2, 2016 | Jamaica Observer

Gov’t moves to ratify ILO Convention on Domestic Workers

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be moving quickly to ratify the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention on Domestic Workers.

Giving the keynote address at the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Award luncheon at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, Holness said he recognises the value of Jamaica signing on to the convention.

“I am going to go back to my office and send a note to Minister (of Labour and Social Security) Shahine Robinson for her to bring that convention to us so that we can very quickly do the appropriate thing,” he said.