Activities

South Africa: Will results of DOL domestic worker Wage Review again fail to hit the mark?

4 June, 2014 | SADSAWU | COSATU
SOUTH AFRICA -

Press Statement

SADSAWU welcomes the latest review of the minimum wage for Domestic workers.

However, we would like to bring to the attention of the Minister of Labour that many wage reviews were conducted over the last ten years and not once was the workers’ input fairly considered.

SADSAWU continues to call for a “Decent wage for Decent work” for all domestic workers!

Domestic Workers: Growth, visibility, and power

4 June, 2014 | National Domestic Workers Alliance | National Domestic Workers Alliance
GLOBAL -

Three years ago, our members joined domestic workers from all over the world to win the passage of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It was a historic recognition that domestic workers are entitled to the same rights and respect as other workers.

Today, after passing Domestic Workers Bills of Rights in California and Hawai’i, and steady work to pass similar legislation in Massachusetts and Connecticut, our members are back at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, this time to expand rights, recognition and respect to all workers in the “informal” sector, and to ensure that no workers are subject to forced labor.

Myrtle Witbooi: Domestic workers will earn respect and decent salary. Believe in us, we will get there.

30 May, 2014 | LabourStart | Eric Lee
GLOBAL -

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, spoke at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary on "How do we build power at the global workplace? Experiences in building various models."

Zambia Domestic Workers' workshop by IDWF

25 May, 2014 | IDWF | IDWF
ZAMBIA -

Domestic Workers' workshop by IDWF.

USA: Send California Governor a postcard urging him to support people with disabilities, seniors, homecare workers

21 May, 2014 | NDWA | NDWA
USA -

Send California Governor Jerry Brown a postcard urging him to support people with disabilities, seniors, homecare workers and their families!

58% of California’s domestic workers spend more than half their income on rent; 23% don’t have adequate food to eat during the month. Too many care workers – including In-Home Supportive Services workers in California – live paycheck to paycheck.

Right now, Governor Brown is threatening to make cuts to to the state budget that will make it even harder for homecare workers to make ends meet. Governor Brown should invest in homecare workers, people with disabilities, and seniors NOT in cuts to vital services.

Justice for Domestic workers in UK: No to slavery - Send your message to prime minister David Cameron

21 May, 2014 | Unite the Union | Unite the Union
UNITED KINGDOM -

Sign the petition and send your message to prime minister David Cameron to raise serious concerns at the removal of the basic rights of migrant domestic workers by the coalition government and the introduction of a visa which "ties" them to their employer. This change has enslaved migrant domestic workers. If they flee abuse and exploitation, their tied status means they have no redress.

The IDWF is now an affiliate of the IUF

17 May, 2014 | IDWF | IDWF
GLOBAL -

The IDWF is now an affiliate of the IUF (International Union of Food Workers). Yesterday at its Executive Committee meeting, this decision was made as everyone agreed to it.  

Ron Oswald, the IUF General Secretary said: "We are humbled by your political decision and now we can only grow stronger together."

Jamaica: Household Workers Benfefit from Empowerment Course at MIND

15 May, 2014 | Garfield L. Angus | Jamaica Information Service
JAMAICA -

Thirty women from the Jamaica Household Workers Union (JHWU) have been empowered in advocacy, negotiation, proposal writing, and mediation skills, through a $3.7 million training initiative being carried out at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND).

Financed by the Fund for Gender Equity, a special facility of the United Nations Entity for Gender and Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and implemented by the Bureau of Gender Affair, the six-week training also equipped the participants with public speaking, leadership, and gender mainstreaming skills.

Myrtle Witbooi's interview with the ITUCCSI

15 May, 2014 | ITUCCSI | ITUCCSI
GLOBAL -

Myrtle Witbooi talks about the importance of ratification of C189.

"Whatever you are, whether you are a farm worker or domestic worker, you must be ‪proud‬ of yourself. Because there is something in ourselves‬. When I was a ‪domestic worker‬, I did not know that I could ‪speak‬, I did not know I ‪could‬ stand on the stage..."

Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum

13 May, 2014 | Ai-jen Poo | The Huffington Post
GLOBAL -

The National Domestic Workers Alliance, the International Domestic Workers Federation, and the Africa Domestic Workers Network stand with the young women abducted in Nigeria and their families.* We are organizations that represent women workers in the United States and Africa -- we care about the human rights of women and girls all around the world, we condemn all forms of violence against women, and we join our sisters to demand that the lives of these families that have been torn apart are made whole.
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