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

19 June, 2014 | Listin Diario | Listin Diario
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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
CENTRAL AMERICA -

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.

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.

Jamaica: GraceKennedy launches Inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker Award

10 April, 2014 | The GraceKennedy Group | The GraceKennedy Group
JAMAICA -

GraceKennedy is seeking to identify the Household Worker of the Year from nominations from the public. From the nominations, ten finalists will be chosen who will be interviewed by a panel, and the top three selected.  The inaugural award, scheduled to become an annual presentation, will see the eventual overall winner receiving a trophy named in memory of Dr. Heather Little-White, a cash award of $250,000 and the opportunity to nominate a student to receive an educational grant.

Shirley Pryce: Household workers "have had enough hurt"

1 April, 2014 | Jean Lowrie-Chin | Jamaica Observer Column
JAMAICA -

Shirley Pryce says: "While many domestic workers work in adequate surroundings and are paid in line with the Government's directives on the minimum wage, far too many do not experience the level of decency and respect that should be extended to every human being. Protection for domestic workers is long overdue. People turn a blind eye to the domestic worker issue. We have had enough hurt and it is time for us to be heard."

Prime Minister: Jamaica to ratify ILO Household Workers Convention

10 March, 2014 | Jamaica Observer | Jamaica Observer
JAMAICA -

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller says the Government is moving to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 189, which stipulates safeguards for the welfare of household workers globally, and outlines provisions to significantly enhance their status and working conditions.

"This is a matter which the Bureau (of Women's Affairs) has partnered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the (Jamaica) Household Workers Union (on), to bring (it) to a successful outcome," Simpson Miller told Friday's cocktail reception at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, to commemorate the Bureau's 40th Anniversary, and International Women's Day, which was observed on March 8.

Labour ministry launches campaign for domestic workers' rights in Jamaica

7 March, 2014 | Jamaica Observer | Jamaica Observer
JAMAICA -

THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security has launched a media campaign aimed at engendering widespread support for the rights of household workers in Jamaica.

The campaign comes as members of the Jamaica Household Workers Union increased calls for the Government to ratify the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 189, Advancing Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Costa Rica delayed in ratification of C189 (Spanish only)

28 August, 2013 | Fernando Francia | Elpais
COSTA RICA -

El Convenio Internacional de Trabajo Decente para Trabajadoras Domésticas, sigue paralizado en su trámite legislativo puesto que la presidencia de ese poder de la República no ha podido enviarlo a publicación en la Imprenta Nacional.

Pese a haber sido aprobado en segundo debate el Convenio no puede ser finalmente puesto en vigencia porque la Sala Constitucional encontró errores de procedimiento.

El diputado José María Villalta, del Frente Amplio, pidió este martes en el Congreso agilizar el trámite para que el Convenio pueda ser publicado.

Los errores señalados por la Sala Constitucional involucran tanto a la Asamblea como al Ministerio de Trabajo, señaló el diputado.

Advancing Nicaragua Labour Rights for Domestic Workers (Spanish only)

22 August, 2013 | CSA | CSA
NICARAGUA -

A partir del 17 de octubre, entre en vigencia el Convenio 189 sobre el trabajo decente para trabajadoras y trabajadores domésticos, considerado por la representante nacional de la Organización Internacional de Trabajo, OIT, como un avance importante de Nicaragua en materia de derechos laborales.

Durante el “Coloquio e Intercambio entre trabajadoras, para la Implementación del Convenio 189, OIT”, Bertha Rosa Guerra, oficial nacional de OIT, indicó que este es el primer convenio que trata sobre los derechos del sector del servicio del hogar, que en la región latinoamericana se calculan 16 millones y en nuestro país al menos son 300 mil en la rama de la economía, denominada servicios sociales y comunitarios. Nuestro país fue el primero en ratificar el Convenio 189.

Poems from Jamaica Household Workers Union for C189

16 June, 2013 | Jamaica Household Workers Union | Jamaica Household Workers Union
JAMAICA -

Members of Jamaica Household Workers Union, IDWN affiliate, are just talented!

To celebrate International Domestic Workers' Day, they organized an activity on 15 June 2013. They wrote poems, sang songs and performed skits. These poems will be sent to the government of Jamaica to press for ratification of C189.
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