‘The Space Between Us’: Migrant Domestic Work as a Nexus Between International Labor Standards and Trade Policy

In D. Drache & L. Jacobs (Eds.), Linking Global Trade and Human Rights (pp. 259-273). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2014. doi:10.1017/CBO9781107238985.018

Posted: 23 Feb 2020

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Adelle Blackett

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

In June 2011, the International Labor Organization (ILO) celebrated the adop- tion of the historic Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention (No. 189) and Recommendation (No. 201) at the 100th Session of its annual International Labour Conference (ILC). I argue in this essay that the new ILO standard set- ting builds on and transcends the limits of framing labor rights as human rights, by infusing the elusive notion of “decent work”1 with a strong normative core. In the new labor standards, decent work extends beyond a narrow but cru- cially prioritized set of fundamental principles and rights at work, to include a comprehensive normalization of working conditions and substantive social protections. In other words, decent work for domestic workers encompasses the core features of workplace citizenship...

Suggested Citation

Blackett, Adelle, ‘The Space Between Us’: Migrant Domestic Work as a Nexus Between International Labor Standards and Trade Policy (2014). In D. Drache & L. Jacobs (Eds.), Linking Global Trade and Human Rights (pp. 259-273). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2014. doi:10.1017/CBO9781107238985.018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3525598

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