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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:04 PM
Brazil: "The Second Mother" - well reflection on the conditions of domestic workers

Brazil: "The Second Mother" - well reflection on the conditions of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 02, 2015 02:12 PM

Val spends 13 years working as domestic worker to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica, in Pernambuco, in the north of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica wants to come to Sao Paulo to take her college entrance exams too. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it.

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Global: It's time to end modern slavery

Global: It's time to end modern slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:42 PM

Call on your government to ratify the protocol to end forced labour.

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Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

Stand up for the right to fair migration and Decent Work for all!

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Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its first-ever global media competition on labour migration issues. Competition to encourage fair reporting on labour migration by recognizing the best media coverage and accurate reporting on the topic.

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Argentina: Domestic Workers Secure Historic Collective Wage Agreement

Argentina: Domestic Workers Secure Historic Collective Wage Agreement

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 05, 2015 02:57 PM

Domestic workers have closed their first collective wage negotiations in a historic agreement at the Employment Ministry, achieving a pay increase of 28%.

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Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2016 03:41 PM

A campaign to improve the working conditions of domestic workers throughout Asia by reaching out to their employers will be launched on Friday 25 September, in Bangkok.

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Mexico: First-Ever Domestic Workers Union Launched

Mexico: First-Ever Domestic Workers Union Launched

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 19, 2015 06:43 PM

Dozens of union members and their allies from across Mexico gathered today to celebrate the official launch of the country’s first domestic workers’ union, SINACTTRAHO. The union’s formation culminated a 15-year struggle for rights on the job by those whose work often goes unrecognized, and today’s events marked the union filing for official government recognition.

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Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

What many employers don't realise is that forging a closer relationship with their domestic workers can actually reap many benefits.

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Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 02:38 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative just announced that Myrtle Witbooi, a leading labor rights activist on behalf of Domestic Workers, will be honored with the 2015 Fairness Award. Ms. Witbooi is the General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). A former domestic worker during apartheid South Africa, her leadership helped secure passage of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C. 189), marking unprecedented involvement of informal women workers in the ILO standard-setting process.

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Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 10, 2015 02:14 PM

Course on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Oct. 26-30, 2015 at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. Offered in English and Arabic. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

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National Union of Domestic Workers of Trinidad and Tobago fighting for the rights of domestic workers

National Union of Domestic Workers of Trinidad and Tobago fighting for the rights of domestic workers

by Sofia Trevino — last modified May 16, 2016 05:09 PM

The National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) of Trinidad and Tobago is campaigning to secure recognition for domestic workers as workers under the Industrial Relations Act, organizing around a Caribbean-wide project to promote freedom of movement for domestic workers and promoting the ratification of Convention 189 (the Domestic Workers Convention) of the International Labor Organization.

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Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

Global: EC-ILO cooperation brings better life for migrant domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:22 PM

The EU-funded Global Action Project on Migrant Domestic Workers expands knowledge on the challenges that domestic workers face, advocates for their rights, encourages policy and legislative reform, and supports organization and advocacy through pilot interventions in five migration corridors.

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Global: For many domestic workers, co-ops hold the key to decent work

Global: For many domestic workers, co-ops hold the key to decent work

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:19 PM

As domestic workers launch their efforts to establish their cooperatives, it will no doubt be crucial for the workers’ and cooperative movements as well as governments to provide them with the support they need.

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Chile ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 17, 2015 05:06 PM

Chile is the nineteenth ILO member State and the tenth member State from the Latin and Central American region to ratify this instrument.

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Jamaica: Govt. Looking at Legislation to Better Protect Household Workers

Jamaica: Govt. Looking at Legislation to Better Protect Household Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 07, 2015 04:32 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government is looking at legislation to better protect household workers who continue to provide valuable and essential services to many families across Jamaica.

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Brazil:  IDWF joins the ITUC requesting veto Senate Bill No. 5 of 2015

Brazil: IDWF joins the ITUC requesting veto Senate Bill No. 5 of 2015

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 06, 2015 06:13 PM

On May 27, the IDWF joined the ITUC in sending a letter to demand Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil to veto the Senate Bill No. 5 of 2015, which if passed will regulate the Constitutional Amendment. 72 so that domestic workers in Brazil will have less rights.

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Brazil: Discussion on strategies of improving laws on protecting domestic workers

Brazil: Discussion on strategies of improving laws on protecting domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified May 27, 2015 04:35 PM

BRAZIL: Leaders of the National Federation of domestic workers from Brazil, gathered to discuss strategies of improving laws and regulations, including the importance of ratification of the ‪C189‬ on "DECENT WORK FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS". This was supported by the IDWF.

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Spain: Photo Essay of a Colombian Domestic Worker

Spain: Photo Essay of a Colombian Domestic Worker

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2015 01:32 PM

Rosalba is a Colombian woman who came to Spain in 2001 looking for a better future and fleeing the civil conflict in her country. Since then, in order to finance herself, she works in Barcelona as a domestic employee - one of around 570,000 workers in this sector in Spain.

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Dominican Republic officially becomes the 18th country to ratify C189

Dominican Republic officially becomes the 18th country to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 09, 2015 06:44 PM

Dominican Republic officially becomes the 18th country to ratify C189

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Guatemala: Guatemalan Domestic Workers Reveal a Dirty Business

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 13, 2015 09:28 PM

At the age of 8, Fidelia Castellanos had just landed her first job as a domestic worker in Guatemala City and her tiny hands were already dry and chapped from washing, cooking and cleaning.

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IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award

IDWF: Winner of the 'Organising International Solidarity' Silver Rose Award

by IDWFED — last modified May 05, 2015 02:40 PM

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) has been nominated for the Silver Rose Award in the category "Organising International Solidarity" by SOLIDAR Member International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA) for their achievements to build a strong, democratic and united domestic/household workers global organization to protect and advance domestic workers’ rights everywhere.

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Peru: Domestic workers demand their labour rights and being respected

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 11:05 PM

Leddy Mozambite from the Sindicato de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores del Hogar de la Región de Lima (SINTRAHOL) organized a meeting at the offices of ILO to discuss perspectives and analysis in regards to C189.

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Peru: Domestic workers leaders demand government to ratify C189

Peru: Domestic workers leaders demand government to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 11:01 PM

Domestic workers leaders demand government to ratify C189 after domestic worker, Maria Vasquez, denounced abuses by her employer Carmen Omonte, Minister of Women Issues in Peru. Ms Vasquez was denied of social insurance and maternity benefits. Domestic workers leaders attended different television and radio interviews detailing the need to address legislation that protects domestic workers and the fault of the Minister after years of meetings with the sector. The Minister denied knowledge of Law 27986 and a protest was organized by IDWF Vice President Ernestina Ochoa in front of the Labour Ministry on 21 of January.

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Mexico: Television on the status of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 10:53 PM

CACEH attended the television program "Dialogues in confidence" on Channel 11 in Mexico City. This was a two-hour program analyzing the current situation of domestic work in Mexico, the violation of human rights and discrimación faced by domestic workers. Marcelina Bautista also spoke about the progress made in terms of organization and training available for the sector.

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Chile: National Property contributes to realizing a dream of domestic workers

Chile: National Property contributes to realizing a dream of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 10:48 PM

Ministry of National Assets made a contribution to make a dream come true for Aida Moreno, founder of the Foundation Margarita Pozo. The Foundation brings together former domestic workers and received a long-term concession of a property tax, a benefit that will allow domestic workers to build a shelter for 60 to 80 seniors. This concesion was awarded by Minister of National Assets, Victor Osorio with the intention of guaranteeing dignified old age for domestic workers.

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Honduras: The 10 legislative acts of 2014

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 11:11 PM

A Social Security Protection Act took shape after President of the Republic, Juan Orlando Hernandez, presented the project to the Congress. With this law, in 2015 it is intended to universalize the social security system in Honduras. Currently only five percent of the population enjoys this benefit, but with the new law coverage will be extended to domestic workers.

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Peru: Plan of action to promote compliance with the labor rights of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 10:31 PM

Deputy Minister of Labour, Alfonso Adrianzén reported the implementation of service modules as part of the second "Plan of action to promote compliance with the labor rights of domestic workers", which like the previous Plan was developed by the Directorate General of Fundamental Rights and Safety and Health at Work. The intention is to facilitate access to information.

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Chile: Sence constituted Council of Civil Society

Chile: Sence constituted Council of Civil Society

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 10:44 PM

The Board of Civil Society was formed as part of the Labour and National Service of Capacity Building (Sence) to provide civil society input to different aspects of public management. Members of the Board were independently elected and Ruth Olate from Sintracap will act as Vice President.

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Uruguay: Agreement to increase domestic workers salaries

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 11:14 PM

The Ministry of Labour approved an agreement to increase 11.17% of domestic workers salaries. This agreement came into effect in January and the main domestic worker’s union in the country notified its members to be alert to this change and other financial claims.

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Chile: Law came into effect for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 10:39 PM

Law No. 20.786 for Domestic Workers came into effect with the intention of eliminating abuses and to regulate worker’s contracts, tasks and working hours. This law also determines the use of apron in public spaces as non-obligatory and fulfills a promise of President Bachelet to protect and guarantee equality of rights to workers in the sector. The Government is also on the process of ratifying ILO Convention 189.

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