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ENoMW: The European Union must urgently strengthen efforts to guarantee the equal rights and equal treatment of Migrant Domestic Workers

16 June, 2014 | European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) | ENoMW
BELGIUM -

On the occasion of International Day of Domestic Workers, the European Network of Migrant Women [ENoMW] draws the attention of the European Union institutions and all national and European stakeholders to the situation and treatment of Domestic Workers within the European Union member states, as well as their contribution to European society.

All organisations endorsing this statement call for each and every European Union member state to follow Italy and Germany in pushing through the ratification of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention without further delay, and extend rights and protections to all migrants employed in this sector regardless of status.

On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

16 June, 2014 | Charlie Fanning | AFL-CIO
USA/GLOBAL -

By caring for our homes and loved ones, domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. Unfortunately, the important labor of some 100 million domestic workers worldwide frequently goes unrecognized. In fact, domestic workers are vulnerable to labor exploitation, sexual assault and even forced labor and trafficking because they are mainly women, their workplace is behind closed doors and, in many places, they still are not covered under labor laws. In the United States, domestic workers are excluded from the most basic fairness and safety regulations on the job, including minimum wage and hour laws.

Domestic workers: Silent no more - It is time to acknowledge the importance of domestic workers as valuable members of society

16 June, 2014 | Yoshiteru Uramoto, Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific | Al Jazeera
GLOBAL -

The world needs these women. Domestic workers contribute significantly to their home communities, sending remittances that are regularly spent on the education and health needs of their families and increasing the gross domestic product and development potential of their countries. Domestic workers enable their employers to go to work by reducing the time needed for cleaning, cooking, shopping and family tasks.

We need to realise the benefits that domestic work and migration for domestic work can offer, and this can only be achieved if these women are in safe and profitable work. The International Labour Organisation recently estimated that over $8bn is saved each year from not paying or underpaying domestic workers in forced labour. These profits should rightfully go to the workers and their families, but instead line the pockets of fraudulent recruitment companies and exploitative employers.

Pakistan: 8.5 Million Domestic Workers are looking for their Rights to be recognized

16 June, 2014 | Homenet Pakistan | Homenet Pakistan
PAKISTAN -

The First Convection of Domestic workers’ is observing the third anniversary of ILO convention C189, which was adopted by the general assembly on 16 June 2011. Speaking on the occasion, President of the Domestic workers Union Ms shagufta said that the DW Union is a symbol of unity for the rights of domestic workers in Islamabad. We have learned the meaning of organized workforce and collective action and as a result union is formed to raise our voice for our rights and we demand fair and equal wages.

Switzerland approved ratification of ILO-Convention 189 (German only)

12 June, 2014 | SRF | SRF
SWITZERLAND -

Der Nationalrat setzt ein Zeichen gegen die Ausbeutung von Hausangestellten in aller Welt. Trotz scharfer Kritik aus bürgerlichen Kreisen ratifiziert die grosse Kammer das Übereinkommen der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation (IAO). Linke und CVP befürworten das Abkommen aus Solidaritätsgründen.

ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

11 June, 2014 | ILO | ILO
GLOBAL -

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour.

The Protocol, supported by a Recommendation, was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.

News updates on case of Erwiana - Former employer denies charges in HK Court

10 June, 2014
HONG KONG -

The allegedly abusive former employer of an Indonesian helper has denied all 20 charges against her for abusing her three maids and breaching labour laws - in a case that sparked international concern. Law Wan-tung, a 44-year-old mother of two, was arrested in January for seriously wounding Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, her former domestic worker.

She faces charges including grievous bodily harm with intent, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages - a total of 20 counts, some of which also relate to her previous employees.

Prosecutors have said she turned household items such as a mop, a ruler and a clothes hanger into “weapons” against her workers. Erwiana, who said she suffered months of abuse, left Hong Kong in January and was admitted to hospital in Indonesia, emaciated and in a critical condition.

Sign petition to urge Indian Government to ratify C189

10 June, 2014 | Geeta Menon | Domestic Workers Rights Union
INDIA -

While 13 countries have ratified this convention so far, India has not. Join us in urging the Government of India to ratify the ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers (Domestic Workers Convention, C.189) and requesting them to review the national laws in accordance with the new convention and recommendation.

YOU can help us in bringing this change. In order to get justice we would need as much support as we can get to ensure that The Government of India is listening and takes immediate action. By signing on this petition, you stand with us in solidarity and help the domestic workers to have access to a life of dignity.

South Africa: Salaries of domestic workers in the spotlight

3 June, 2014 | Graeme Raubenheimer | Eye Witness News
SOUTH AFRICA -

The South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (Sadsawu) says domestic workers should be earning a minimum salary of at least R2,000 per month.

The Department of Labour is holding public hearings across South Africa this month to determine a new sectoral wage for domestic workers.

Number one household worker in Jamaica named

31 May, 2014 | JIS | Jamaica Observer
JAMAICA -

There were hugs, laughter, and tears of joy after Elaine Duncan won this year’s inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year award.

Duncan topped the field of 11 people shortlisted from over 100 nominees for the award, which honours Jamaica’s finest and exemplary household workers.
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