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There are almost 26 million domestic workers in Europe working in private homes or others. Though representing a huge and vital workforce, their economic and social contribution has been often denied and longing for recognition.

Although domestic workers are finally enjoying more social rights, trade unions have a key role to play in order to achieve improved working conditions for domestic workers within and across borders. On the occasion of its last Congress in 2014, EFFAT committed to supporting its affiliated unions organising domestic workers and the wider domestic workers’ movements in Europe.

Cornerstones of EFFAT’s commitment include putting more pressure on European policy makers and national governments to get more countries ratify the ILO Convention 189 which sets the labour standards for domestic workers; pushing for the revision of those EU Directives that discriminate against domestic workers and supporting all trade union organisations and the general public to raise awareness and take action to help bring improvement to domestic workers.