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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:04 PM
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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Chile: Proposed Labor Laws Lauded as 'Enormous Step Toward Social Equality'

Chile: Proposed Labor Laws Lauded as 'Enormous Step Toward Social Equality'

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 31, 2014 04:50 PM

'Today we are marking a new milestone—we are clearing a debt that we have hold toward the workers of Chile,' says president Michelle Bachelet.

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Mexico: First National Forum of Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 28, 2015 10:35 PM

Domestic workers from the states of Colima, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Coahuila and Puebla met in Mexico City to attend the first National Forum of Domestic Workers in the country. Inter Press Service interviewed the group led by Marcelina Bautista from the Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación de Empleadas del Hogar (CACEH) and reported that workers signed a pact to boost ratification of ILO Convention 189 and their intention to build in 2015 the first national trade union for domestic workers.

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Latin America: The Word on Women - South America pushes for domestic workers' rights

Latin America: The Word on Women - South America pushes for domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 25, 2015 06:45 PM

Wages and working conditions for millions of domestic workers in Argentina and Brazil could soon improve under proposed laws aimed at bolstering their rights. As in many countries, the current labour laws do not protect domestic workers such as nannies, housekeepers, maids, cooks and cleaners in the same way as other workers. This means they’re more vulnerable to exploitation, low pay, long working hours and poor working conditions.

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Global: Cooperatives and Formalization

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 08:36 PM

This week more than 100 informal economy workers, mainly women, from over 40 countries, and those from solidarity organizations are participating in the 6th General Assembly of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) network in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Peru: Domestic workers calling the government to ratify C189

Peru: Domestic workers calling the government to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 04, 2014 05:28 PM

On 2014 Oct 13, in Lima, Peru, domestic workers leaders and affiliates of IDWF/FITH held a demonstration when the ILO Latin America Regional Conference was taking place. They called on the government to protect the rights of domestic workers and to ratify the C189.

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Chile: Approval for bill of rights for domestic workers and C189

Chile: Approval for bill of rights for domestic workers and C189

by Sofia Trevino — last modified Mar 28, 2016 08:56 AM

2014 Sept 24, Chile Commission of Labour approved bill of rights for domestic workers and C189. The bill of rights provides important legislation for domestic workers in Chile.

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Colombia: The Gap Between Laws And Reality For Domestic Workers

Colombia: The Gap Between Laws And Reality For Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 13, 2014 09:23 PM

On September 5, 2013 the Domestic Workers Convention (C189), adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2011, entered into force. A year later, AWID spoke to Andrea Londoño S., Coordinator of the citizens' initiative Hablemos de Empleadas Domésticas (Let's Talk About Women Domestic Workers) from Medellin, Colombia, who outlines the legal landscape, how women domestic workers are organizing, and the challenges they face.

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Women make up 83% of domestic workers worldwide

Women make up 83% of domestic workers worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 24, 2015 06:35 PM

Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable groups in the global workforce, facing a number of human rights abuses and labour rights violations ranging from deplorable working conditions and unequal pay to sexual violence.

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Jamaica: IDWF leader Shirley Pryce receives national award

Jamaica: IDWF leader Shirley Pryce receives national award

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 06:14 PM

IDWF Exco member, Shirley Pryce is awarded the Order of Distinction by Governor General of Jamaica for her dedication to Jamaica Household Workers Union and Caribbean Domestic Workers Network. She will receive the award on 20 Oct 2014, the National Heroes Day, at the King's House.

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Brazil: Expands labor rights for domestic workers

Brazil: Expands labor rights for domestic workers

by admin — last modified Dec 13, 2014 09:28 PM

The landmark domestic workers law, passed as a constitutional amendment last year and strengthened this month, aims to extend some of Brazil's generous labor protections to the more than 6 million maids, nannies, eldercare givers, gardeners and caretakers who work in privates homes — many toiling long hours for little or, in some cases, no pay.

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Brazil: New law supports domestic workers' rights

Brazil: New law supports domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified May 21, 2015 02:22 PM

A new law in Brazil has come into force under which employers can be fined if they fail to register their domestic workers. It is part of new measures to provide basic protection for some seven million domestic workers long excluded from Brazil's stringent labour laws. Employers can now be reported and fined several hundred dollars each time they break part of the code. A constitutional amendment limits domestic workers to a 44-hour week. It defined other rights as well - basic entitlements such as an eight-hour working day, the right to the minimum wage, a lunch break, social security and severance pay.

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Colombia: Only 1 out of 100 house workers have formal labor contract

Colombia: Only 1 out of 100 house workers have formal labor contract

by IDWFED — last modified May 22, 2015 04:07 PM

Despite a series of laws meant to encourage the transition toward the formal workforce, Colombia’s domestic laborers are overwhelmingly part of the country’s large “informal” sector, made up of those workers without labor contracts, according to a study released Wednesday. A National Union Labor School (Escuela Nacional Sindical — ENS) report claimed that only 8,000 of the 735,000 people working in the domestic employment sector enjoy guaranteed benefits or other labor protections that come with a formal contract. Domestic workers, 95% of whom are women, according to the report, often work 48 hours a week or more for less than minimum salary, according the ENS. Only one in 10 has a formal contract.

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Domestic workers: Silent no more

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 24, 2015 09:18 PM

It is time to acknowledge the importance of domestic workers as valuable members of society.

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On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

On Anniversary of Historic ILO Convention, Domestic Workers Speak Out Worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 24, 2015 06:31 PM

By caring for our homes and loved ones, domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. Unfortunately, the important labor of some 100 million domestic workers worldwide frequently goes unrecognized. In fact, domestic workers are vulnerable to labor exploitation, sexual assault and even forced labor and trafficking because they are mainly women, their workplace is behind closed doors and, in many places, they still are not covered under labor laws. In the United States, domestic workers are excluded from the most basic fairness and safety regulations on the job, including minimum wage and hour laws.

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ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

ILO adopts new Protocol to tackle modern forms of forced labour

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2015 09:44 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour. The Protocol, supported by a Recommendation, was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference (ILC) with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.

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Global: Mme Asmaou Bah from Guinee, representing IUF/IDWF speaking at ILO Assembly Hall

Global: Mme Asmaou Bah from Guinee, representing IUF/IDWF speaking at ILO Assembly Hall

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 11:09 PM

"Any work done without consent is forced labour" was the message sent in a strong statement by Mme Asmaou Bah when addressing government and workers' representatives yesterday at the ILO Assembly Hall.

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