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C177 – Home Work Convention, 1996 (No. 177)

The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its Eighty-third Session on 4 June 1996, adopted the Home Work Convention, 1996: with 18 articles, one of which states;

  1. The national policy on homework shall promote, as far as possible, equality of treatment between homeworkers and other wage earners, taking into account the special characteristics of home work and, where appropriate, conditions applicable to the same or a similar type of work carried out in an enterprise.
  2. Equality of treatment shall be promoted, in particular, in relation to:
    a) the homeworkers’ right to establish or join organizations of their own choosing and to participate in the activities of such organizations;
    b) protection against discrimination in employment and occupation;
    c) protection in the field of occupational safety and health;
    d) remuneration;
    e) statutory social security protection;
    f) access to training;
    g) minimum age for admission to employment or work; and
    h) maternity protection.