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Ireland: Migrant Domestic Workers Call on Government to Ratify ILO Convention

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by IDWFED published Mar 08, 2012 12:00 AM
Contributors: SIPTU
Hundreds of migrant women employed as domestic workers in Ireland are demanding their dignity on International Women’s Day.

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Hundreds of migrant women employed as domestic workers in Dublin, Ireland are demanding their dignity on International Women’s Day. The Domestic Workers Acton Group (DWAG) is calling on the State to protect vulnerable women workers and to ratify international laws that recognise rights for domestic workers. DWAG and SIPTU are calling on Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to make a public commitment to bring national laws in line with the requirements of the ILO Convention to address exploitation in this sector.

Worldwide, domestic workers are campaigning for governments to ratify the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers which they unanimously voted for at the UN last year. This was a landmark in the 63 year-long struggle to get recognition of rights for domestic workers.

Mariaam Bhatti of DWAG says: “Ratification is essential. Domestic workers are integral to the economic structure and the well being of every society, and yet so many of us suffer physical, emotional and psychological abuse on a daily basis. We have rights. We have dignity. We want the government to shout with us: “exploitation of domestic workers will not be tolerated in Ireland.”

Echoing the words of Mariaam Bhatti, John King (SIPTU) said Richard Bruton has an opportunity to send out a strong and clear message that the abuse of domestic workers who come to work in Ireland will not be tolerated. “The Minister should be proactive and today, International Women’s Day, he should affirm his commitment to ensuring the welfare and rights of all working women by stating his intent to adopt the ILO Convention 189”. He said the Minister should “commit to introducing any required legislative changes so as to give robust protective measures to ensure the protection of these vulnerable workers.”

Source: SIPTU Press Release

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