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Thursday, October 03, 2013

The visible face of women's invisible labour, Domestic workers in Turkey, Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 42

 

ILO

Conditions of Work and Employment (TRAVAIL)

Working Paper

 

The visible face of women's invisible labour, Domestic workers in Turkey, Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 42

by Seyhan Erdogdu and Gülay Toksöz

http://www.ilo.org/travail/whatwedo/publications/WCMS_222892/lang--en/index.htm

or

http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_protect/---protrav/---travail/documents/publication/wcms_222892.pdf

[full-text, 65 pages]

 

The study highlights that informality is a predominant feature of domestic work in Turkey, a sector

largely comprised of women workers. For domestic workers recruited locally, informal channels such

as personal acquaintances play an important role in the quest for a job. Migrant domestic workers, on

the other hand, typically rely on intermediary agencies to obtain a job. The activities of unlicensed

agencies increase the workers’ vulnerability to psychological, physical and sexual harassment at work.

Long working hours, lack of social security coverage and casual employment are some other difficulties

facing domestic workers in Turkey. Presently, domestic workers are excluded from the scope of the

Labour Code, but are covered by the Law of Obligations. The authors of the study suggest that there is

need but also room for improving domestic workers’ access to social security and for strengthening the

legal framework addressing domestic workers’ needs and working conditions.

 

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