31 December, 2013 | IMWU NL | IMWU NL
IMWU NL is a self-founded organisation, established by and for the Indonesian Migrant Workers in the Netherlands. This newsletter covers what they have been through in the year of 2013 from October to December.

Black Money, Black Labor Collection of Brokerage Fees from Migrant Caregivers in Israel

1 December, 2013 | Idit Lebovitch and Zehavit Friedman | Kav LaOved (Worker's Hotline)
From the moment Israel started bringing migrant workers into the country, the import of migrant workers was privatized and contracted by private manpower agencies. Kav LaOved conducted a survey in March 2013, with data from 835 migrant workers who arrived in Israel with a work visa for the caregiving field, between 2007 and 2013. This survey indicates constantly increasing brokerage fees that caregivers are required to pay in order to arrive in Israel.

Revisiting CEDAW's Recommendations: Has anything changed for migrant workers in Israel in the last two years?

1 December, 2013 | Hanny Ben-Israel | Kav LaOved (Worker's Hotline)
The purpose of this report is to examine if and to what extent these recommendations, by the United Nations Committee on the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), have taken effect in the two years since the report, and how, if at all, the situation of migrant women improved for the better as a result.

As we will see, while some progress was achieved in certain areas, much of the Committee's observations did not inform or impact policy choices made by key state actors with respect to migrant women. In light of this, Kav LaOved calls the Israeli government to implement in full the Committee's recommendations, and to afford migrant women equal rights in all spheres related to their residency and employment in Israel.

Extension of social protection of migrant domestic workers in Europe

6 November, 2013 | Promoting integration for migrant domestic workers in Europe research project | ILO
A key resource for those advocating to extend social protection to migrant domestic workers, this document presents the legal framework of social protection for migrant domestic workers in Europe.

"Yes, We Did It!" How the Worlds Domestic Workers Won Their International Rights and Recognition

28 October, 2013 | Celia Mather | WIEGO
This booklet outlines the how Convention C189 was achieved and the lessons that can be learnt for others who wish to promote a global society based on equality, justice, respect and rights for all. In particular, this booklet focuses on and celebrates the role of domestic workers themselves and that of their organizations as the fundamental players in making their own history.

Claiming Rights: Domestic Workers' Movements and Global Advances for Labor Reform

28 October, 2013 | IDWN, ITUC, HRW | IDWN, ITUC, HRW
This 33-page report, released by IDWN, the ITUC, and Human Rights Watch, charts ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Domestic Workers Convention, national labor law reforms, and the growing influence of emerging domestic workers’ rights movements.

Profile of Domestic Workers in Zambia 2013

12 October, 2013 | ILO | ILO
Through this research, ILO endeavoured to provide reliable estimates of the number of domestic workers and employer-households, together with their key socio-demographic characteristics, in response to the need expressed by tripartite constituents for more reliable information on domestic work in the country; whiletesting an innovative survey methodology for identifying and enumerating domestic workers and households that employ domestic workers, which takes into account the constraints and invisible forms of domestic work,in view of the fact that such a national survey would be, based on available information, the first of its kind in the world.

License to Exploit: A Report on Recruitment Practices and Problems Experienced by Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

1 October, 2013 | Rex Varona | Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) & Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (PLU-APL)
This publication provides extensive report on the recruitment practices and challenges faced by Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. The method of research project undertakes a descriptive and qualitative research using the participatory action research (PAR) approach. The research has highlighted that despite the “no placement fee” policy of the Philippine Government, migrant domestic workers are still paying huge amounts to recruiters.

According to the publication “License to Exploit” written by Mr. Rex Varona, to effectively provide better government services and protection to migrant workers, the government must eliminate exploitative recruiters and recruitment agencies and unjust work contracts and further work on the implementation of policies that will protect the rights and welfare of migrant workers and their families.

Decent Work for Domestic Workers: About C189

3 August, 2013
Three informative PPTs about C189: its content, key principles and process of ratification.

"Meeting the needs of my family too": Maternity protection and work-family measures for domestic workers

1 July, 2013 | Laura Addati (Specialist on Maternity Protection and Work-Family Balance, TRAVAIL) and Lindsay Tina Cheong (ILO Consultant) | ILO
This document is part of a series of briefs on issues and approaches to promoting decent work for domestic workers.
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