AIAS Lunch Seminar 19 november Nuria Ramos Martin - AIAS-University of Amsterdam

‘Regulating domestic work from the international to the national perspective: the legal protection of domestic workers in Spain and the Netherlands’

Nuria Ramos Martin

Day: Thursday 19 November 2015
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 18 November, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


In most countries in the world, domestic workers are precarious workers, in the sense that they are not covered by regular labour and social security laws. The ILO estimates that there are at least 53 million domestic workers worldwide, though the number could be much higher, considering that this kind of work is often provided informally. The ILO Convention No. 189 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201, from 2011, represent a relevant improvement on the path to the realization of decent work for domestic workers. This Convention establishes that domestic workers must enjoy the same basic labour rights as other workers, including reasonable hours of work, weekly rest, freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining. This Convention is an important landmark in the protection of domestic workers even for countries which have not ratified it. In this paper, two case studies on how domestic work is regulated in the Netherlands and Spain will be presented from a comparative perspective. The influence of the ILO Convention in the adoption of new legislation and policies dealing with domestic work will be considered. Moreover, the key role played by the trade unions in the implementation and improvement of the existing legislation will be discussed.


Nuria Ramos Martin took her Degree of Law at the University of Salamanca, (1992-1997). Afterwards she followed postgraduate Legal Studies in the Doctorate Programme: “The Regulation of the Labour Market” in the Universities of Bristol (U.K.) and Salamanca (Spain) 1997-1999.
From 1999 to 2003 she worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Labour Law and Social Work Department, Law Faculty, University of Salamanca. In 2001 she visited (as a researcher) the Research Centre in Labour Law and Professional Relations of the University of Paris X-Nanterre for three months. In 2004 she visited the Amsterdam Centre for International Law/Hugo Sinzheimer Institute at the University of Amsterdam as a Marie Curie Fellow Researcher.
Since the beginning of 2005 she is affiliated (as a researcher) to the AIAS/HSI, University of Amsterdam. In 2005 she defended her Ph.D. thesis on “Equality in EU Social Law”in the University of Salamanca (Cum Laude & European Doctorate).
She obtained the doctorate extraordinary prize of the University of Salamanca for her thesis in 2006.

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* Coordination on Wage Bargaining in the Netherlands*
Arjen Verhoeff
werkgeversvereniging AWVN & University of Amsterdam – AIAS

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