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CONFERENCE DECLARATION

We, trade unions and domestic workers associations, together with NGOs and civil society  organizations from the Philippines, with the support of our international partners and supporters of the 12 by 12 Campaign of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), gathered in Manila for the National Trade Union Conference on Decent Work for Domestic Workers on 8-9 November 2012, declare that:

With the Ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers by the Philippine government in September 2012, we strongly urge Congress to immediately pass into law the Philippine Domestic Workers Act of 2012.

We shall strengthen our partnerships in the Philippines and with this strong unity, build stronger partnerships around the world by sharing our collective experiences, and good practices to promote the ratification of ILO Convention 189 within the Asian Region, Middle East and the rest of the world.

We shall work together to implement appropriate and responsive strategies to establish implementing mechanisms for the full recognition of domestic workers’ right to freedom of association, collective bargaining, tripartite negotiations on wages and  other working conditions, which is the primary role of unions.

Conduct joint actions on important events to promote decent work for domestic workers, such as, but not limited to 12/12/12; the World Social Forum on Migration leading to the celebration of Bonifacio Day (Nov. 30); International Women’s Day; Araw ng Kasambahay leading to Labor Day; International Domestic Workers Day June 16; and on the day ILO Convention 189 comes into force, while consistently doing traditional mass media and social media-based campaigns.

Develop and recruit local and international champions of the 12 by 12 campaign such as public servants, actors and musicians, etc. who will agree to lend their names, photographs, quotes, articles, blogs for the campaign.

As trade unionists, we believe that recognition of domestic workers’ rights start with trade unionists themselves, who employ domestic workers or who witness instances when exploitation of domestic workers occur.

Maximize organizing opportunities, other than those initiated by DomWork TWG member-organizations, presented by activities of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), Private Recruitment and Placement Agencies, Local Government Units.

As organizations, we collectively commit to organize at least 5,000 domestic workers in the Philippines. We will support existing domestic workers organizations such as SUMAPI by providing technical assistance such as training on organizing, collective bargaining, mentoring and other capacity-building activities.

Come up with a Code of Conduct of Trade Union Employers of Domestic Workers.

Develop a comprehensive social protection program for domestic workers by making existing services and programs of government social protection institutions more appropriate and more accessible to domestic workers through tripartite consultations.

Make more organized domestic workers avail of socio-economic, legal, health, education and other programs and services initiated by Trade Unions, NGOs and other civil society organizations.

Under the umbrella of the Technical Working Group of the Philippine Campaign to Promote Decent Work for Domestic Workers (DomWork TWG) we shall develop, plan, coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies and actions consistent with the ’12 by 12’ campaign.

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