Pakistan: Domestic workers should be protected under labour laws

28 June, 2014 | The News International | The News International

The government must protect the rights of millions of domestic workers and ensure that they get decent wages and protection from exploitation at the hands of their employers. Besides, this sector should be regulated and covered with the labour laws and these workers should have an opportunity to organise themselves.

These demands were made at a key stakeholders’ meeting on “Taking Forward Organising of Domestic Workers in Punjab” arranged by HomeNet Pakistan at a local hotel on Friday. The event was a component of the Gender Equity Programme (GEP) implemented in collaboration with the Aurat Foundation (AF) and supported by the USAID. The participants of the event gave an overview of the issues faced by domestic workers in the country and ways to bring them in the limelight.

Domestic workers in New York created wrote poetry on walls

20 June, 2014 | Michelle Chen | CultureStrike

A woman’s work is never done—it just gets passed on to someone else. For the nannies, housekeepers, health aides and other caregivers in New York’s middle- and upper-class households, work means carrying others’ burdens: tricked-out strollers and spattered baby food, damp diapers, and dry cleaning—or the family secrets tucked behind a genteel exterior. On Sunday, Christine Yvette Lewis captured a bit of the warped edifice of American domesticity and colored it with memories of her native Trinidad. Taking a paintbrush to the wall of an old cottage, she depicted an island house from her homeland,  and below, scrawled a scene from the adopted home where she works today: “Push Pale Pampered Baby in Ornate Pram Along Pompous Avenue … A Tale of Two Cities.”

Dominican Republic: Launch regional campaign to recognize rights of domestic workers (Spanish only)

19 June, 2014 | Listin Diario | Listin Diario

Jornadas laborales  de hasta 16 horas, bajos salarios, falta de seguridad social y exposición a malos tratos. Este crítico panorama es la realidad de 17 millones de personas que se ocupan del trabajo doméstico en América Latina y el Caribe, el 95% de las cuales son mujeres.

Con el fin de mejorar estas precarias condiciones, diversas organizaciones sindicales lanzaron ayer una campaña regional denominada Trabajo Doméstico: “Trabajo como ningún otro,  derechos como cualquier otro”.  

Esta iniciativa se enmarca dentro de la campaña que promueve el Convenio 189 y su recomendación 201, sobre trabajo decente para los  trabajadores y trabajadoras domésticas, de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT).

Campaign launch in Central America: Minimum rights and protections for domestic workers (Spanish only)

18 June, 2014 | ILO | ILO

Campaign launch in Central America: aiming at minimum rights and protections for domestic workers - a minimum wage, social protection, 8 hour working day and more.

Domestic workers rally against modern slavery in UK

18 June, 2014 | Patrick Camara Ropeta | ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Migrant domestic workers and human rights campaigners joined forces at a Westminster rally to call an end to modern slavery in Britain.

Dubbed as the "No To Slavery" campaign, protesters took to the streets outside the Houses of Parliament in central London to fight against what they believe is an ongoing oppression of migrant domestic workers in the country.

The event, which includes keynote speeches from prominent campaigners, creative activities from live poetry to graffiti, and public dramatization of real cases, also marks the 2014 International Domestic Workers’ Day last June 16.

Peru: Domestic Workers demand for their rights and respect (Spanish only)

17 June, 2014 | La República Digital | La República Digital

Trabajadoras del hogar exigen hace tres años se ratifique convenio 189 de la OIT

Es lo que exigen al Gobierno para que sus derechos laborales sean respetados y no seguir sufriendo discriminación y abusos de sus empleadores. Ayer protestaron con pancartas y ollas vacías para pedir que las atiendan.

El trabajo doméstico en el Perú sigue siendo invisible y sus beneficios sociales casi  inexistentes. María Ortencia Junchaya, de 68 años, provista de una olla vacía en la puerta del Ministerio de Trabajo evoca su infancia y nos cuenta  en su condición de empleada del hogar que sufrió por discriminación racial. Recuerda que su jefa extranjera residente en Barranco se burlaba del color oscuro de su piel.

India: Domestic workers pitch for legal reform in labour laws

17 June, 2014 | Simi Sebastian, Vineet Upadhyay & Riya Jain, TNN | The Times of India

About 1,000, domestic workers from different parts of the city came together at Talkatora Stadium to demand an amendment in existing labour laws and a separate law to address their specific occupation.

The National Domestic Workers Movement and Chetanalaya-Domestic Workers Forum brought the women to the event. Abuse and sexual harassment, lack of welfare measures and social protection were key concerns raised by them. N Mukta Toppo, president of the Council of Catholic Women, Archdiocese of Delhi, recounted the story of one of the workers who was abused by her employer.

Ireland: Government still "failing" domestic workers, MRCI claims

17 June, 2014 | Noel Baker | Irish Examiner

The Government has been accused of "failing" domestic workers falling prey to exploitation by not ratifying laws aimed at securing their rights.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland yesterday marked International Domestic Workers Day by stating that the Government needed to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, claiming “justice delayed is justice denied”. The MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group said au pairs, carers, childminders, cleaners, and housekeepers were still being exploited and experiencing poor working conditions.

Peru: Domestic workers protest outside the Ministry of Labour in the Salaverry Avenue (Spanish only)

16 June, 2014 | El Comercio | El Comercio

Un grupo de 30 agremiadas al Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar realizó una protesta esta tarde frente al Ministerio del Trabajo pidiendo la modificatoria de la ley 27986, que regula las relaciones laborales de ese sector.

Thailand: Call to boost domestic workers' welfare

16 June, 2014 | Penchan Charoensuthipan | Bangkok Post

Activists representing vulnerable low-income workers have urged the Labour Ministry to do more to enforce a ministerial regulation protecting domestic helpers. The call was made yesterday at a seminar to mark International Domestic Workers' Day in Bangkok, organised by the Network for Protection of Domestic Workers of Thailand.

The event focused on Labour Ministry regulation No.14, which states that household helpers must have a minimum of one day off per week, among other welfare benefits. The requirement, put in place two years ago, was the first to enshrine the entitlement to a day off for domestic workers in law.

But attendees at the seminar said domestic employees are still missing out on legal protections, and called for the regulation to be enforced across the board for both Thai and foreign helpers.
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