Written Answers - International Agreements

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 748 No. 6

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  142.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   his plans to ratify the International Labour Organisation convention on domestic workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38884/11]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  I welcome the successful outcome of discussions at the International Labour Conference (ILC) that lead to the adoption of a new International labour standard aimed at ensuring Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

The final text of the draft Convention was one that the Irish Government was in a position to support and the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers now becomes ILO Convention No. 189 supplemented by a Recommendation.

The issue of ratification by Ireland of this Convention will be considered in the context of our standard approach to the ratification of international instruments. In this regard, the Convention will need to be examined from the perspective of any changes that may be required to existing domestic legislation. This will involve careful examination of the provisions of the Convention as well as obtaining any legal advice that might be necessary. Issues around implementation and enforcement of the Convention will also need to be considered.

While ratification of the Convention remains under consideration, I would point out that the full suite of employment rights legislation, including that of redress for violations of employment rights, that apply to employees generally in Ireland apply equally in the case of domestic workers.

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