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by IDWFED published Oct 14, 2014 04:45 PM

Guatamala: First domestic workers union formed

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:22 PM

The first union for domestic workers in the history of Guatamala, SITRODOMSA, was formed in April, 2011.

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Indonesia: Jala PRT files lawsuit against government for failing to protect domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:12 PM

Activists have submitted a citizen lawsuit against President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his aides and the House of Representatives, for failing to protect domestic workers in the country and abroad. "This lawsuit signals that we want stronger protection for our domestic workers," the National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy (Jala PRT) coordinator, Lita Anggraini, told The Jakarta Post after filing the lawsuit at the Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

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Zambia: New Minimum Wage for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 03:56 PM

For the first time, the Zambian government has set a minimum wage for domestic workers. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security arrived at the minimum wage after consultation with stakeholders, including employers and employees. “Despite their importance, domestic workers are the most exploited and abused in the country, needless to say that they are often underworked and underpaid,” explained Minister Austin Liato.

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Indonesia: Understanding Indonesian domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:28 PM

An article in the Jakarta Globe explores the four basic elements that must be considered to fully understand the specific conditions affecting domestic workers. The author, Faishol Adib, argues that a firm understanding of the plight of domestic workers is necessary to ensure an effective Domestic Workers' Convention.

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Switzerland: Domestic Workers protected by the Country’s first Sectoral Employment Contract

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:54 PM

The Swiss union UNIA has convinced the Swiss government to establish the country's first sectoral employment contract for domestic workers. Also called NAVs, these agreements are designed for sectors in which collective agreements cannot be reached.

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Global: Reversing a History of Exclusion through International Labour Law

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:42 PM

Claire Hobden, a junior project officer at the ILO, addressed the necessary legal protections sought by domestic workers, and the value of the standard-setting process.

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Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 04:14 PM

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on “The professionalization of domestic work”.

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Global: "Domestic workers: their time now" by Celia Mather

Global: "Domestic workers: their time now" by Celia Mather

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:12 PM

Celia Mather, a UK-based writer on global labour issues, including for the IDWN, recently published an article in International Union Rights. Ms. Mather hails the historic fight that domestic workers have embarked on to win an ILO Convention that gives them fundamental rights equal to other workers.

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Germany: Organizations Believe an ILO Convention for Domestic Workers Is Needed To Combat Poverty

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:31 PM

The German Federation of Trade Unions DGB and the German Commission Justice and Peace issued a press release criticizing the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion for failing to implement needed structural changes in poverty reduction and prevention. Both organizations urge that the enabling international agreements be ratified and implemented, including the ILO convention on domestic workers.

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Global: Campaign for Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers

Global: Campaign for Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 05:18 PM

Between International Human Rights Day (10 December 2010) and the opening of the International Labour Conference (1 June 2011) organized domestic workers and support organizations will lobby their governments to vote for a meaningful and strong rights-based international Convention to protect domestic workers.

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Trinidad & Tobago: National Union of Domestic Workers Gets ILO Support

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:36 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO), Office for the Caribbean and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) are supporting the renewed efforts of the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) of Trinidad and Tobago to mobilize domestic workers and defend the rights and interests of domestic workers.

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Global: UN Recommends Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers Worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 04:25 PM

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers adopted guidance in the form of a "General Comment" that interprets the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families

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Hong Kong: FADWU Founded - A Milestone for Domestic Workers' Rights in Asia

Hong Kong: FADWU Founded - A Milestone for Domestic Workers' Rights in Asia

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 05:08 PM

Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) was founded in November 2010.

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India: Government Adopts New Position in Support of ILO Convention for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 05:33 PM

When the Government of India responded to the ILO "Brown" Report, it proposed a few changes to the language. To the delight of domestic workers throughout the globe, the Indian government indicated its support of the ILO Domestic Worker Convention supplemented by a Recommendation.

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Benin: Cotonou Workshop on the Domestic work Statement

Benin: Cotonou Workshop on the Domestic work Statement

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 06, 2016 05:32 PM

At Cotonou in August, 2010, participants from Benin, Togo, Niger, Senegal and Burkina-Faso determined to advocate for the adoption of a ILO Convention for Domestic Workers.

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Asia: Joint Declaration on Celebrating May Day 2010 as "Asian Domestic Workers' Day"

Asia: Joint Declaration on Celebrating May Day 2010 as "Asian Domestic Workers' Day"

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 05:10 PM

“We are not begging for special treatment. We, domestic workers, are claiming our basic rights. We are demanding equal treatment and proper recognition as workers and members of society. We will continue to fight abuses and exploitation. We want freedom from slavery.” - Sringatin, Chairperson, Federation of Asian Domestic Workers’ Union (FADWU, Hong Kong)

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USA: The Rights of Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 05:47 PM

There are more than 200,000 workplaces in New York State where fundamental labor standards do not apply, not even in theory. These are not sweatshops or salt mines. They are private homes, where housekeepers, nannies and caregivers for the elderly do work as important as it is isolated and unprotected.

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Malaysia: Drafting First Laws To Protect Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 05:51 PM

Malaysia is drafting new laws to protect domestic workers from sexual harassment, non-payment of wages and poor working conditions, an official said Thursday. The move would provide the first legal protection for domestic workers in Malaysia – mostly from Indonesia – who are not covered by legislation that protects foreign workers in other sectors like construction.

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Indonesia: Domestic Workers Ask For National Day, More Days Off

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 08:30 PM

Protesters also demanded the government pass a Domestic Worker's Protection Law and officially make Feb. 15 a national holiday for domestic workers. In Indonesia, most middle-class families employ maids to perform domestic chores and childcare, but not all acknowledge their rights.

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Philippines: Domestic work is work, not slavery! Domestic workers are human beings, not commodities!

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 08:44 PM

Domestic work is work, not slavery! Domestic workers are human beings, not commodities! So proclaims the Philippine Alliance of Progressive Labor in preparation for a Manila protest to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Read about the problems of the Philippine labor export policy and the working conditions of domestic workers.

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Global: Declaration of the Conference "Respect and Rights" - Protection for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 04:20 PM

Protection for domestic workers!! ¡Protección para trabajadoras domésticas!

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