Domestic Workers at the ILC Geneva 2009

19 March, 2012 | Ida Le Blanc | Ida Le Blanc
Ida Le Blanc, general secretary of the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE), attended the International Labor Organization Conference in Geneva in June, 2009 and submitted a report.

Domestic Workers in Trinidad & Tobago

19 March, 2012 | WinWages and the Global Women's Strike | WinWages and the Global Women's Strike
It is not surprising that a number of organizations involved in WinWages and the Global Women's Strike are organizations of domestic workers: domestic work is one of the main occupations of women worldwide.  Because housework is unwaged and not recognized as "real work", even when we do it for pay it is one of the lowest paid and lowest status.

Manual for Domestic Workers – Organising for a Better Future

15 March, 2012 | Suguna Papachan | CAW, Hong Kong
This manual aims to assist the leaders of domestic worker groups to come out of a powerless situation by “embracing the strength of the domestic worker organisation or trade union”, particularly in the context of the campaign for the ILO Convention on domestic workers in 2010-11. It was the initiative of the Asian Domestic Workers’ Network and the Committee for Asian Women, and based on the outcomes of a ‘Domestic Workers Organising Strategy Workshop’ held in 2007. The manual specifically draws experiences from Indonesia, Hong Kong and India, and concentrates on the means of building solidarity and strong organisation at national, regional and international levels.

Organizing in the Informal Economy – Resource Books for Organizers

15 March, 2012
This series of six booklets is a generic set of materials for organisers with some activities. It could be adapted by educators for domestic workers. The booklets are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

Decent Work, Decent Life for Domestic Workers

15 March, 2012 | ITUC | ITUC
The ITUC Action Guide aims to provide you with useful information on how trade unions can work for and with domestic workers.

WIEGO Web Section on Domestic Workers

15 March, 2012 | WIEGO | WIEGO
A comprehensive collection of educational resources and a lot of publication links.

Be The Help – Win Rights and Respect for Domestic Workers

26 February, 2012 | IDWN | IDWN
A Public Statement of the IDWN, 26th February, 2012.  As domestic workers gather at the various “Be The Help Oscar Night Viewing Parties” across the United States today, the IDWN will make an on-line submission to the Department of Labor of the U.S. government in support of the newly proposed regulations to bring overtime and minimum-wage protections to two million home-care workers in the country, and to provide basic record-keeping protections for live-in domestic workers. In addition, the IDWN called upon the California government to pass the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (AB 899) in order to extend the basic labor protections to domestic workers.

IDWN Solidarity note to the domestic workers and cleaners in the Netherlands

20 February, 2012 | IDWN | IDWN
The International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) is watching with great interest the events in the Netherlands. For the second year, the cleaners and domestic workers have to go on strike in order to achieve an acceptable collective agreement for the industry. We are very proud that the Dutch domestic workers are part of this important struggle!

ILO Convention C189 – A Good Start for Protection of Domestic Workers

19 February, 2012 | Karin Pape | Karin Pape
PowerPoint presentation (4.55 MB) by Karin Pape, Global Labour Institute, at Critical Labour Studies "The struggle for domestic workers' rights", Manchester (UK).

Informal economy workers and the international trade union movement: an overview

19 February, 2012 | Dan Gallin | Global Labour Institute
On February 19, Dave, Karin and Dan were invited to give a talk at Salford University (Manchester). Dan's subject was the international trade union movement and informal workers. He edited and revised his notes and we publish the completed paper here. There is some historical perspective there. We hope this is useful.
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