Innovative Approaches to Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Côte d’Ivoire: Labour Administration and the Judiciary Under a General Labour Code

International Labour Review, Vol. 158, No. 1, March 2019, Pages 37-61

Posted: 23 Feb 2020

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Adelle Blackett

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Assata Koné-Silué

Universite Félix Houphouet Boigny - University of Felix Houphouet Boigny

Date Written: March 17, 2019

Abstract

The authors offer a contextualized analysis of judicial decisions rendered during 1971–2013 in Côte d'Ivoire, where domestic work is regulated by a general labour code. Assessments of those decisions, alongside qualitative interviews of institutional actors, elucidate how innovative practices were mainly derived from the code by attentive inspectors and by jurisprudence evolving to treat domestic work like any other. Yet limitations emanating from the inability to grapple with the specificity of domestic work are also identified. Reaffirming that the regulation of domestic work must embrace its duality (work like any other and work like no other), the authors conclude with a call for an international community of learning on decent work for domestic workers.

Suggested Citation

Blackett, Adelle and Koné-Silué, Assata, Innovative Approaches to Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Côte d’Ivoire: Labour Administration and the Judiciary Under a General Labour Code (March 17, 2019). International Labour Review, Vol. 158, No. 1, March 2019, Pages 37-61, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3525582

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Assata Koné-Silué

Universite Félix Houphouet Boigny - University of Felix Houphouet Boigny

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Ivory Coast (Cote D'ivoire)

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