Activities

Trinidad & Tobago: Domestic workers rep calls for less restrictions to free movement

19 April, 2014 | Andre Huie | West Indies News Network (WINN FM 98.9)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO -

A representative for domestic and household workers in Trinidad and Tobago is calling for CARICOM to take the appropriate measures to ensure the free movement of domestic workers across the region. In 2007 and 2009, CARICOM leaders ratified the free movement of domestic workers and artisans as part of a measure to facilitate free movement of labour in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

IDWF Statement: No tied-visa system in the UK – Respect and Rights for domestic workers!

6 April, 2014 | IDWF | IDWF
UNITED KINGDOM -

On April 6 2014, we join domestic workers in the UK in commemorating a very sad anniversary: two years earlier, on 6 April 2012, the British Government re-introduced a visa-system, which ties a migrant domestic worker to her/his employer.

This is linkened to the situation of domestic workers in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. Every day, we receive terrible news from that region on the exploitative conditions of domestic workers, including physical and sexual abuse and even torture, sometimes leading to the death of a worker. Under no circumstances these conditions can be justified. The only solution to stop exploitative employers is to end such a visa system and to replace it by a rights-based system for the workers, which is enforced by state authorities.

Switzerland: Milestone for more protection and quality in the private caregiving

3 April, 2014 | Karin Pape | Karin Pape
SWITZERLAND -

We congratulate our Swiss affiliate UNIA, which has reached an agreement with an employers' association ("Zu Hause leben" - to live at home) on a collective agreement for care domestic workers in Switzerland. The minimum wage is CHF 22,--/per hour for unskilled workers. Working time and rest time is regulated as also compensation for on call-time and travel between different households.

Aubrey radio talk with Myrtle Witbooi, General Secretary of SADSAWU

3 April, 2014 | Aubrey Masango | Radio 702
SOUTH AFRICA -

Myrtle Witbooi, Secretary General of SADSAWU (South Africa Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union) talked to the radio host Aubrey Masango on April 3 about the lived experience of domestic workers. Mrytle spoke about some of the things that these women and men have to endure and how they can go about understanding their rights better and managing power disparities.

CIAWU became an IUF affiliate

31 March, 2014 | IDWF
MALAWI -

The Commercial, Industrial and Allied Workers Union (CIAWU) in Malawi became an IUF affiliate after the IUF Administrative Committee approved its application in March 2014. The CIAWU is an IDWF affiliate with 535 members.

International Domestic Workers' Day is celebrated on March 30 in Latin America

30 March, 2014 | IDWF
LATIN AMERICA -

Activities report (in Spanish) from Latin America on the International Domestic Workers' Day.

Domestic Workers Workshop, Lima, Peru, March 28-30

30 March, 2014 | IDWF
PERU -

40 domestic workers from various regions in Peru met in Lima for three days to discuss the challenges domestic workers face in exercising their rights. The problems of migrant domestic workers were highlighted, especially those resulting from the mal-practices of private employment agencies. They were joined by representatives of domestic workers organizations from some countries in the Andean region: Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. They exchanged experiences about their respective C189 Ratification Campaigns. At the end of the two day meeting, a joint letter was adopted that is to be sent to the Minister of Labour in Peru calling for immediate ratification of C189. Ms Ana Jara, the Minister of Labour, came to address the participants on March 30.

For the Ratification of the C189 in Chile

28 March, 2014 | IDWF | SINTRACAP
CHILE -

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Household Workers , the National Coordinator of Organization Household Workers walk summons "for the ratification of the Convention 189 ILO in Chile".

President Michelle Bachelet promised in its program of government ratification of the Convention 189 of the ILO in Chile, offering specific protection to women workers and domestic workers. It establishes rights and basic principles, and requires States to take a series of measures with the aim of making decent work a reality for them and they. The Convention could be implemented through extension or adaptation of existing laws, regulations or other measures or through the development of new specific initiatives for domestic workers.

IMWU Netherlands' invitation to the Pasar Malam

25 March, 2014 | IDWF | IMWU Netherlands
NETHERLANDS -

IMWU ‪Netherlands‬ (Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, Netherlands) is inviting everyone to the Pasar Malam which will be held on March 29 in ‪Amsterdam‬.

IMWU NL will be there to meet you all!!

Support domestic worker dignity in Illinois: Sign the petition for the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!

21 March, 2014 | National Domestic Workers Alliance | National Domestic Workers Alliance
USA -

It’s been a big month for domestic workers all over the country in the United States -- will you help make it even bigger?

Today, domestic workers from all over Illinois are heading to Springfield for a lobby day in support of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and they need our support.

Click here to sign the petition to win dignity, respect and labor protections for domestic workers in Illinois.  And don’t worry if you don’t live in Illinois, your support counts no matter where you’re from!
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