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Dominican Court ruling affects 260,000 domestic workers

Santo Domingo, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The secretary of the Dominican Association of Household Workers Elena Pérez on Friday described as a 'strong blow' the decision of the Constitutional Court to annul the resolution of the Ministry of Labor to regulate the profession of domestic workers.

Perez assured that this determination means keeping in a state of exclusion over260,000 people employed in this activity and once again puts at risk the application of Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on decent employment for this group of the population.

The secretary considered that the regulation of the Ministry of Labor constitutes a step forward as long as it establishes mandatory hiring, schedules limited to eight hours a day and the inclusion of these employees in the Social Security system.

Last Wednesday, the court deemed as unconstitutional the provision ‘on the adoption and harmonization of measures to improve compliance with ILO Convention 189,’ to adjust the occupation of domestic workers.

This body argued its decision for ‘violation of the separation of powers, overreach the Minister of Labor, illegal modification of the Labor Code and disregard of the provisions of the aforementioned Convention 189.’

A day later, the Government indicated to evaluate the sentence and then take a position.

‘Our intention is that justice be done with all the domestic employees of the country; obviously we have to respect any decision of the Constitutional Court, but we will look for the legal way to be able to achieve it, expressed President Luis Abinader.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor informed that it will wait for the ruling to be issued in its entirety before studying it and giving its opinion. jrr/omr/lam/mpv

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