The domestic work sector, which employs hundreds of thousands
of migrant women, is constantly expanding due to the increasing
demand for domestic and care services throughout Europe.
Despite the outstanding importance of this type of work, household
workers often find themselves in a disadvantaged situation, being
denied basic social and labour rights, and being exposed to violence
and adverse working conditions. The present report investigates
violations of their employment rights and urges national parliaments
to change the relevant legislation with a view to ensuring the right
to decent working conditions for this vulnerable category of workers.
Bearing in mind that everyone should be entitled to labour
rights, the Parliamentary Assembly urges the member States, inter alia, to recognise domestic
work as “real work”, extend the scope of social and labour protection
to domestic workers, and ratify and implement the ILO Domestic Workers
Convention 2011 (No. 189) without delay.