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September 13 - 09:00 am


October 8 - 03:00 pm

Event Category:

Domestic Workers, General

Invitación en español
Invitation en français 
Invito italiano

We are pleased to invite you to register participants to the distance training on Migrant and domestic workers. The training is organized in the framework of a large-scale EU-funded project Build trade union power to create a fairer Europe led by EFFAT in partnership with the Programme for Workers’ Activities at the International Training Centre of the ILO.

The training will be hosted by the ITC-ILO e-learning platform, ecampus.

By accessing ecampus, participants will follow 4 weeks of e-learning combining:

  • asynchronous activities, such as reading training documents, watching videos, posting on forums, completing self-learning modules to dive into the topic;
  • with synchronous events, such as weekly webinars. Every Wednesday there will be one webinar of approximately 1.5 hours (maximum 2 h) duration.

The estimated study time is around 6 hours per week on average (webinars included).

The training structure allows participants to engage in asynchronous training at their own-pace for approximately 4 hours per week. The leaning path includes activities and exchanges among participants on the ecampus webpage. Every weekly module is accompanied by the webinar organized on Zoom every Wednesday, involving international experts and relevant speakers from the trade unions movement.

Target group: Domestic Workers sector board, Trade Union officers from the Domestic Workers and Agriculture sector; Women networks’; equality officers; trade union organizers

Working languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian

The training will cover the following modules:
Module 1: Migrant and mobile workers

  • Labour migration in Europe
  • ILO and EFFAT instruments and tools for the protection migrant and mobile workers
  • Positive economical, societal, and cultural benefits migrants bring to European societies

Module 2: Domestic workers

  • ILO C189 and R201: 10th Anniversary of the ILO instruments for domestic workers
  • International and EFFAT action for the protection of domestic workers
  • Gender dimension
  • Collective agreements in EFFAT’s affiliates
  • Trade unions Cooperation with NGOs

Module 3: Challenges and vulnerabilities for migrant and domestic workers

  • Informal economy
  • Undocumented migrants
  • Discrimination
  • Exploitation

Module 4: Trade Unions responses and good practices in organizing 

  • Collection of good trade union practices in organizing migrant and domestic workers
  • Trade union structures, actions and services to promote decent work for migrant and domestic workers (E.g. campaigns)
  • Social dialogue at national and EU levels
  • Action points for setting up EFFAT domestic workers’ structure

Please share this invitation letter with the relevant structures of your organization. Interested participants are requested to register by 16th August 2021 at the latest using the links to on-line registration indicated below:

You can register up to five participants from your trade union federation.
For additional information about the learning objectives, please see below

Migrant and domestic workers

Within the European Sectoral Social Dialogue of Agriculture and HORECA the social partners frequently discuss and exchange views on how to integrate migrants at the workplace and in society by sharing information about successful initiatives at national level. The integration of migrant workers in the labor market will continue to be a priority because migrants should not be treated as second-class workers with fewer rights, poorer working conditions, and lower pay. Social partners in Europe also have the responsibility to inform about the economical, societal and cultural benefits of migration; as the ageing population and skills shortage in Europe increases, there is an increasing demand for human resources that the native working population cannot provide. Currently there is no European Social Dialogue for Domestic Workers, but EFFAT aims at initiating a Sectoral Social Dialogue soon.

Gaps in the field of protection of migrant and domestic workers

Domestic work is a growing sector throughout Europe. It is still a part of the informal sector and frequently undeclared work. According to the estimates there are around 8 million domestic workers in Europe, mainly women. Among them around 50% are migrant workers. Several of trade union federations and NGOs have been trying to organize domestic workers as they engage in a variety of occupations and tasks. The whole situation around domestic workers at European and global level is very complex. Some of EFFAT affiliates, such as Italian unions, are very much engaged in organizing domestic workers while the other unions have very limited knowledge of the sector in general. Today only 6 of EFFAT affiliates organize domestic workers, with an estimated membership of around 30.000 members. The project will collect the best practices and share the knowhow with all the unions interested in expanding the work in this field.

EFFAT in recent years been engaged at European level and supported domestic workers organizing in various countries. The Congress prioritized the work within the field of domestic aiming at building a sectoral structure to better support the affiliates to organize domestic workers. The project responds to the need to develop tools to organize domestic workers, with special attention to migrant workers and develop collective agreements in their field. EFFAT will support its member organization in dealing with domestic workers and help them establish domestic workers sections.

EFFAT affiliates lack tools to organize and defend migrants against discrimination, exploitation, and abuse, but also in reaching out to migrant workers to provide them with information, advice and support.

EFFAT lacks tools and material to inform its affiliates about the positive economical, societal, and cultural benefits migrants bring to European societies. The project will tap into the extensive knowledge of the ILO in this subject matter and adapt it to the specific needs of the affiliates.

Specific objectives on Migrant and Domestic Workers component:

At the end of the learning package on migrant and domestic workers, target group will be able to:

  • Understand and relate to existing European and ILO instruments, tools, policies and actions to ensure and promote decent work for migrant and domestic workers
  • Acquire knowledge and strengthen the capacity to organize and represent migrant and domestic workers
  • Exchange and identify good practices and common issues at European level with particular attention to the specificities of the sectorial context