Collective Bargining and Domestic Workers in Uruguay

31 January, 2013 | Mary R. Goldsmith | WIEGO
This report describes the process of collective bargaining between the  Sindicato Unico de Trabajadoras Domésticas (SUTD),  the Liga de Amas de Casa, Consumidores y Usuarios de la República Oriental del Uruguay (the representative of employers) and the federal government within  the wage council.  The first collective agreement for domestic workers was signed on November 10, 2008, the first such agreement not only in Uruguay but also in all of Latin America. A second agreement was signed on December 17, 2010.  Through collective bargaining domestic workers have been able to obtain higher wages, to win rights  that were not included in the labor law,  and to strengthen clauses in the 2006 labour law and 2007 regulatory decree.

Formalizing domestic work through the use of service vouchers - The particular cases of France, Belgium and the canton of Geneva

14 January, 2013 | ACTRAV | ILO
Tackling one of the most burning questions for domestic workers and employers everywhere: how to register, formalize and ensure a simple method of extending social security to domestic workers? The report describes the service voucher system in Belgium, France and the Swiss canton of Geneva.

Beautiful life

12 January, 2013 | Chan Ho Lun | Beautiful Life
Yayang is an Indonesian girl who came to Hong Kong and work, dreaming to improve her quality of life in Indonesia someday. Yet, she is hired as domestic helper by a grassroots family that has unstable financial status. Despite the fact that Yayang is underpaid by her employer, close bond is developed between her and the family. This makes Yayang faces the dilemma of staying or quitting this job for a better salary.

ILO Global Report: Domestic Workers Across the World: Global and regional statistics and the extent of legal protection

9 January, 2013 | ILO | ILO
This publication sheds light on the magnitude of domestic work, a sector often “invisible” behind the doors of private households and unprotected by national legislation.

This volume presents national statistics and new global and regional estimates on the number of domestic workers. It shows that domestic workers represent a significant share of the labour force worldwide and that domestic work is an important source of wage employment for women, especially in Latin America and Asia. It also examines the extent of inclusion or exclusion of domestic workers from key working conditions laws.

HOME FDW Trafficking Research Report December 2012

20 December, 2012 | HOME | HOME
In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the presence of human trafficking in Singapore. Conducted by Humanitarian Organization of Migration Economics (HOME), this study was commissioned in order to...

Working with migrant domestic workers in Lebanon (1980s-2012): A mapping of NGO services

20 December, 2012 | Marie-José Tayah | ILO
The main purpose of "Working with migrant domestic workers in Lebanon (1980s-2012): A mapping of NGO services" is to explore how NGO agendas in the migrant domestic workers (MDWs) subfield have progressed since the deliberations of the National Steering Committee on Women Migrant Domestic Workers. It provides an overview of the work of NGOs with MDWs in Lebanon and traces the history of NGO involvement with MDWs since the early 1980s to explore the approaches underlying NGO interventions and partnerships.

Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

29 November, 2012 | NDWA | NDWA
Domestic workers care for the things we value most — our homes, children and elderly — but Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work reveals that the United States does not care for our domestic workers.

It is the first national survey of domestic workers in the USA conducted by The National Domestic Workers Alliance. This report is a call to action.

Organizing the Patience Industry: Profile of a Domestic Worker in Maputo, Mozambique

16 November, 2012 | Ruth Castel-Branco | WIEGO
Albertina has been a leader in the struggle for domestic worker justice in Maputo, Mozambique.  She is one of at least 37,000 domestic workers working in and around Mozambique’s capital.  Nicknamed the "patience industry" by domestic workers, it is characterized by low wages, long hours and rigorous schedules, humiliating tasks, unhealthy working conditions and vulnerability to abuse. Albertina finds this paradoxical given the intimate nature of the profession.

Building a Future with Decent Work: Youth Employment and Domestic Workers

26 October, 2012 | 2012 International NGO Consultation | 2012 International NGO Consultation
On the Domestic Workers Session:

The 2012 NGO Consultation aimed at offering an occasion for NGOs working for/with Domestic Workers to gather and share main concerns and difficulties encountered in their actions for the ratification of ILO Convention C189 and the effective recognition of Domestic Workers' rights.

Organising experiences and experiments among Indian Trade Unions: Concepts, Processes and Showcases

12 October, 2012 | Pong Sul, Yeonju Ahn | The Indian Journal of Labour Economics
In India, the expansion of the informal economy has been attributed to the decline of the unionisation rate and the weakening of collective bargaining power. With more than 92% of all workers engaged in informal employment, what is the guiding principle for trade unions and the ILO that can provide decent employment, legal protection and adequate social security to India’s informal workers?  This paper aims to motivate both trade unions and the ILO to reach out to informal workers, and to promote and realise the goal of decent work in the informal economy.
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