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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:04 PM
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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Global: Domestic Workers' Growth, visibility, and power

Global: Domestic Workers' Growth, visibility, and power

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:03 PM

Three years ago, our members joined domestic workers from all over the world to win the passage of the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It was a historic recognition that domestic workers are entitled to the same rights and respect as other workers. Today, after passing Domestic Workers Bills of Rights in California and Hawai’i, and steady work to pass similar legislation in Massachusetts and Connecticut, our members are back at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, this time to expand rights, recognition and respect to all workers in the “informal” sector, and to ensure that no workers are subject to forced labor.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi speaks at the Standards Committee, ILC 2014

Global: Myrtle Witbooi speaks at the Standards Committee, ILC 2014

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:48 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the Standards Committee, ILC 2014 on June 3

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Jamaica: Number one household worker named

Jamaica: Number one household worker named

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2015 10:21 PM

There were hugs, laughter, and tears of joy after Elaine Duncan won this year’s inaugural GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year award. Duncan topped the field of 11 people shortlisted from over 100 nominees for the award, which honours Jamaica’s finest and exemplary household workers.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi shares at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary

Global: Myrtle Witbooi shares at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:40 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, spoke at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary on "How do we build power at the global workplace? Experiences in building various models."

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Global: Domestic workers will earn respect and decent salary, says Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Domestic workers will earn respect and decent salary, says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:04 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, spoke at the 2014 LabourStart Conference plenary on "How do we build power at the global workplace? Experiences in building various models."

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the ILC 2014 on May 29

Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the ILC 2014 on May 29

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:35 PM

Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President, speaks at the ILC 2014 on May 29

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Forced labour laws need more than lip service to be effective

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2015 10:30 PM

In 1930, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) established a Forced Labour Convention, an attempt to address such practices in what was then still a colonial world. Over the decades the manifestations of forced labour have changed, whereas international law has remains rooted in the past. Beginning this week, and running until 12 June, the International Labour Conference (ILC) is meeting to try to address the gaps in the convention that have emerged over the past 80 years. The conference represents an opportunity to advance the eradication of forced labour, updating legislation in the areas of prevention, victim protection and compensation, and including new forms of forced labour such as trafficking.

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Global: 2014 ITUC World Congress Day Four - Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 01, 2016 04:02 PM

On day four of the ITUC World Congress, we speak to Amanda Villatoro of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) and Stella Marys Zalazar of the "Sindicato de Empleadas de Casas de Familia" (Argentina) about the success of the 12x12 campaign to organise domestic workers.

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