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UK: Justice for Domestic Workers rally to "Say No to Slavery"

30 July, 2014 | LianaFlims | Maris Begonia
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Justice for Domestic Workers rally to "Say No to Slavery".

Pope's tweet opens window to an invisible workforce

30 July, 2014 | Juana Flores | NCR online
GLOBAL -

On Tuesday, Pope Francis tweeted: "May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregiver; theirs is a precious service." With one simple message in honor of St. Martha, the patron saint of cooks and housekeepers, the pope encouraged the world to care for the workers who care for us every day.

Pope Francis tweeted about domestic workers

29 July, 2014 | IDWF | Pope Francis
GLOBAL -

“May we be always more grateful for the help of domestic workers and caregivers; theirs is a precious service.”  The Pope Francis said yesterday as he paid tribute on the Day of Saint Martha, patron saint of housecleaners and cooks to the Saint.

At the International Domestic Workers Federation, we know that domestic workers and caregivers work hard every day to make all other work possible.  So let’s remind the world that it’s time for dignity, respect and labor protections for the millions of domestic workers in the United States and all over the world.

South Africa domestic workers encouraged to join union

27 July, 2014 | SABC | SABC
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Domestic workers have been encouraged to join the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU).

This has emerged at the Limpopo domestic workers' symposium in Polokwane.

Its main focus was to empower the workers by making them aware of their rights.

Only 1 out of 100 Colombia house workers have formal labor contract

23 July, 2014 | Christoffer Frendesen | Colombia Reports
COLOMBIA -

Despite a series of laws meant to encourage the transition toward the formal workforce, Colombia’s domestic laborers are overwhelmingly part of the country’s large “informal” sector, made up of those workers without labor contracts, according to a study released Wednesday.

A National Union Labor School (Escuela Nacional Sindical — ENS) report claimed that only 8,000 of the 735,000 people working in the domestic employment sector enjoy guaranteed benefits or other labor protections that come with a formal contract.

Domestic workers, 95% of whom are women, according to the report, often work 48 hours a week or more for less than minimum salary, according the ENS. Only one in 10 has a formal contract.

Singapore agencies warned vs. advertising domestic workers as commodities

16 July, 2014 | Rie Takumi/BM | GMA News
SINGAPORE -

Employment agencies (EA) in Singapore were reminded by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to refrain from commodifying domestic workers in their marketing strategies.

According to a report in The Straits Times, MOM's advisory, released Wednesday, told EAs not to include words such as "cheap fees" or "promotional rates" in their campaigns.

It also instructed agencies to refrain from "displaying" foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in an "undignified" light, including having them sit outside agency premises.

Landmark day for workers in private homes as Ireland ratifies Domestic Workers Convention

9 July, 2014 | MRCI | MRCI
IRELAND -

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland welcomes ‘momentous’ ratification of ILO Convention

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) today (Wednesday 9th July) welcomed Ireland’s ratification of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, saying it will provide increased protection for thousands of vulnerable domestic workers here.

Ireland: Minister Bruton announces ratification of ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers

9 July, 2014 | Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Press Office | Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Press Office
IRELAND -

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD, today announced the Government’s decision to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (No. 189), 2011.

Minister Bruton secured Government approval to ratify the Convention at its meeting yesterday. This decision puts Ireland among the small group of ILO member countries who have ratified this Convention. To date, only 14 ILO member countries out of 185 have ratified the Domestic Workers Convention and Ireland will be only the third EU country to ratify.

Minister Bruton said: “The decision to ratify the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers is an important milestone and shows a strong commitment on the part of Ireland to the protection of the rights of domestic workers”.

Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

3 July, 2014 | National Domestic Workers Alliance | National Domestic Workers Alliance
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Victory! Governor Deval Patrick signed the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights into law, the fourth state in as many years. The Massachusetts Bill is the most forward-thinking bill of rights to date and sets the stage for even more comprehensive legislation in other states. The bill will protect workers and employers by requiring clear guidelines for employers and workers including: a written contract; 30 days notice of termination for live-in workers; and maternity leave for workers, among other protections. Congratulations, Massachusetts!

Bangladesh High Court asks govt: Why not make law for protection on rights of domestic workers

2 July, 2014 | The Daily Star | The Daily Star
BANGLADESH -

The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to take effective steps to formulate a law to establish rights of domestic helps.
The court issued the rule after Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed a writ petition on June 12 saying domestic workers are deprived of their fundamental rights even after they work 15 to 16 hours a day as they are not considered labourers under the existing laws.
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