The care economy has moved to centre stage in global policy agendas. According to the ILO Care work report, the global care work- force represents 11.5 per cent of total global employment, and it is estimated that increasing investment in the care economy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will result in a total of 475 million jobs by 2030.
The global care workforce includes care workers in various sectors such as education and health and social work), domestic workers and non-care workers in care sectors, who support care service provision. Overall, care workers remain some of the most vulnerable workers in the global economy. This is due in part to the lack of effective protection. They are also overexposed to OSH risks and to violence and harassment. More than half care workers in health services are among the 30 per cent lowest-paid workers with poor working conditions. These vulnerabilities result in significant decent work deficits. In view of the highly gendered nature of the care work, the situation of care workers, including nursing personnel and domestic workers, mirrors the situation faced by women workers generally around the world, which is characterized by gender segregation and segmentation.
The work of the ILO supervisory bodies in this sector can provide valuable inputs for a comparative analysis of the implications of the existing decent work deficits in different areas of the world and offers some considerable insights on the importance of social dialogue and collective bargaining in this sector.
Through the exchange of experiences and mutual learning on current policy gaps, good practices on transformative care policies based on human and labour rights and inconsistent judgments, the discussion will focus on the contribution of the International Labour Standards (ILS) as a source of inspiration at national level in guiding future policies and Court decisions.
Judges, lawyers, representatives from Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, Social partners, academics, Equal opportunities Units, Associations of domestic workers, longterm care workers and nursing personnel.
The three-day debate aims to provide an outstanding opportunity to analyse and discuss the implications and challenges brought about by the effects of the current decent work deficits and the impact on labour disputes concerning substantive rights for care workers.
Drawing on the guidance from International Labour Standards (ILS), the knowledge sharing facilitates also a comparative.
More specifically, the event intends to promote an international debate on the guiding role and effective implementation of the International Labour Standards (ILS) in a fragmented and challenging context related to the safeguard of minimum rights and protections for all workers in the care economy.
During the three-day event participants will have the opportunity to update knowledge and share experiences & case studies on the following topics:
The programme is designed to engage participants in immersive debate to discuss the tough challenges. The programme will be interactive and participatory and will be structured as follows:
The online knowledge-sharing event is structured in two main components:
The event offers an interactive discussion facilitated by international experts from the ILO, EU, OECD, Social Partners and Academic institutions worldwide.
The course is offered in English and Spanish. A good command of the working language is required.
The tuition fee for the course is 470 Euros.
Tuition cost must be paid in advance before the beginning of the activity by the participant or the sponsor through bank transfer or credit card.
Note: on the bank transfer form, the participant’s name and the activity code should be indicated. For payments by credit card, please e-mail to email@example.com.
For detailed information regarding payments, cancellations and refunds, please consult: https://www.itcilo.org/applications-payments-cancellation
The deadline for submission of applications is 2 June 2023. Candidates must submit the application by clicking on the following link: https://oarf2.itcilo.org/DST/A9716077/en
A limited number of fellowships are available to qualified candidates coming from eligible countries.
As an Organization dedicated to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, the ILO is taking a leading role in international efforts to foster gender equality. In line with this ILO focus, women are particularly encouraged to apply to ITCILO courses.