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Peru: Domestic Workers' relentless fight for rights and adoption of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 10:55 PM

A video clip produced by PLADES and Global Network Latin America on Domestic Workers in Peru and their relentless fight for rights and adoption of C189.

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Domestic workers' rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Domestic workers' rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:04 PM

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are 53-100 million domestic workers worldwide, 83 per cent of whom are women. They represent 4 to 10 per cent of the labour force in developing countries and about 2 per cent in developed countries. Their work is an important contribution to economic and social development. Still, 40 per cent of countries worldwide have no form of regulation of any kind for domestic workers. Around the world, UN Women is working with Governments, domestic workers’ unions and the private sector to promote the rights of domestic workers –majority of who work as domestic helps in households-and ensure that domestic work is both regulated and covered by social protection. This includes supporting the Global Forum on Migration and Development and promoting the ratification of ILO Convention 189 on domestic work – a landmark international treaty adopted on 16 June 2011, which will come into force on 5 September 2013.

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Ten million child labourers in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:37 PM

An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls. According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly. Vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions, they are often isolated from their families, hidden from the public eye and become highly dependent on their employers. Many might end up being commercially sexually exploited.

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Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:33 PM

“To eliminate child labor, governments cannot ignore the children working in private homes,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Many of these children are paid a pittance, if at all, and often suffer abuse and overwork. Governments can help these children by ratifying the Domestic Workers Convention.”

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Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:00 PM

On June 16, we will celebrate the second anniversary of the C189 with 7 countries already having ratified the Convention: Uruguay, Philippines, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Italy, Paraguay and Bolivia. The IDWN will join with domestic workers, members of trade unions and other organizations to mobilize and act on this special day to remind each and every government to ratify and implement the Convention: "Domestic Workers are Workers. Ratify C189 Now!"

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Uruguay: Collective Agreement by SUTD

Uruguay: Collective Agreement by SUTD

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:17 PM

In April, in Uruguay, the domestic workers union, SUTD, concluded the third collective agreement with the employers’ organization, the Housewives League. For domestic workers in Uruguay, this is a major achievement. The agreement provides for 8-hour work day, coverage of minimum wage legislation, social security benefits including 12 weeks maternity leave, household labour inspection upon court order and others.

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Global: Step by step Towards the first Congress of the IDWN

Global: Step by step Towards the first Congress of the IDWN

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 03:40 PM

The IUF Regional Secretariat for Latin America, or the UITA, based in Montevideo will be the organizer of the IDWN Founding Congress in October. In May, it interviewed Elizabeth Tang as she visited the country to prepare the Congress.

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South American domestic workers move closer to justice

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 03:51 PM

Long working hours, lack of rest time and poor treatment and compensation, in the absence of national legislation, often turns domestic work into a form of slavery in many countries. Some of the changes taking place in Latin America regarding decent work for domestic workers is now showing greater improvements under new law amendments, but conditions may be slow to improve.

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Antigua: New committee to work in the interest of domestic workers

Antigua: New committee to work in the interest of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 04:23 PM

While government is yet to ratify the ILO Convention 189, which speaks to the rights of a domestic worker, employees in this category are mobilising to take over their own affairs. A core committee is now in place to look about the interests of domestic workers on the island. The committee will operate within a section of the Antigua Trades & Labour Union (AT&LU).

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Brazil: PEC alters routine of mothers (Portuguese only)

Brazil: PEC alters routine of mothers (Portuguese only)

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 10, 2015 06:18 PM

Valendo há pouco mais de um mês, a PEC fez com que famílias mudassem suas rotinas para se dedicarem mais aos seus lares e também aos seus filhos. A Proposta de Emenda à Constituição (PEC) das Domésticas só passou a valer há um pouco mais de um mês mas já mudou a rotina de muita gente. Neste domingo (12), Dia das Mães, conheça algumas mulheres que para economizar ou até mesmo otimizar o tempo dessas trabalhadoras dentro de suas casas, passaram a se dedicar mais aos seus lares e também aos seus filhos.

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Brazil: Survey shows support for amendment of PEC on household work (Portuguese only)

Brazil: Survey shows support for amendment of PEC on household work (Portuguese only)

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 10, 2015 06:11 PM

O DataSenado, serviço do Senado Federal responsável pelo monitoramento da opinião pública, realizou pesquisa com 1.222 pessoas, entre os dias 16 e 30 de abril, para conhecer a opinião dos brasileiros sobre a Emenda Constitucional 72/2013, conhecida como PEC das Domésticas, e a aceitação popular sobre medidas adotadas pelo Senado para gerar economia de gastos e fortalecer a transparência. A pesquisa tem abrangência nacional e margem de erro de 3%, para mais ou para menos.

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Brazil: Domestic Workers law creates opportunity for entrepreneurs to enter the market (Portuguese only)

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 14, 2015 04:06 PM

Empresa americana Jan-Pro, que atua no segmento de limpeza comercial, procura empreendedores para atender demanda de faxina residencial Diante da alta no preço do serviço doméstico no Brasil, a multinacional americana Jan-Pro, especializada em limpeza comercial, vai começar a atender o segmento residencial para competir com diaristas e domésticas.

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Paraguay ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

Paraguay ratifies the Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 14, 2015 04:18 PM

On 7 May 2013, the Government of Paraguay deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Paraguay is the seventh ILO member State and the third Latin American member State to ratify this instrument which, in accordance with its Article 21, paragraph 2 of the Convention, will enter into force on 5 September 2013, twelve months after the date on which it was ratified by two ILO member States.

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Trinidad & Tobago: Labor Ministry reviewing the C189

Trinidad & Tobago: Labor Ministry reviewing the C189

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 03:29 PM

"We are reviewing the C189." The Labor Ministry of Trinidad & Tobago wrote to the President of the National Union of Domestic Employees on April 25. He said that the government is reviewing its national law and has developed a register for domestic to facilitate the Ratification.

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Bolivia: Second Latin American member State to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention

Bolivia: Second Latin American member State to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 01, 2016 10:09 PM

On 15 April 2013, the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189). Bolivia is the fifth ILO member State and the second Latin American member State to ratify this instrument which, in accordance with its Article 21, paragraph 2 of the Convention, will enter into force on 5 September 2013, twelve months after the date on which it was ratified by two ILO member States.

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Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 04:07 PM

Despite stretching into every region of the world, domestic work has historically been excluded from conventional labor laws, regardedly merely as “women’s work". A breakthrough came in 2011 with the passage of the groundbreaking Convention 189 on domestic workers' rights by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN special agency for labor rights. The convention lays out principles for fair treatment at work, including the right to a fair labor contract and a safe work environment, freedom from exploitation and coercion, and legal recourse against abusive employers.

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Colombia: The first Afro-descendant domestic workers Union

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 06:13 PM

When Maria Roa arrived in Medellin 10 years ago, her primary focus was to provide a better life for her three children. She took a job as a domestic worker, as many Afro-Colombian women do, but quickly realized the position was underpaid and overworked. Despite the nature of this physically and emotionally challenging work, domestic workers like Maria have been successful in their organizing efforts to form a new union, the Union of Domestic Service Workers (UTRASD), to combat workplace discrimination, improve benefits and establish job security.

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Peru: Domestic workers demanded the ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 08:51 PM

On April 3, domestic workers organizations: SINTRAHOL, SINTRAHOGARP and IPROFOTH mobilized outside the Congress, asking the President of the Republic to ratify C189.

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Barbados: Equal rights a must

Barbados: Equal rights a must

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 08:44 PM

With several countries enacting legislation to ensure that domestic workers are given equal rights to other workers, Barbados must not be left behind. It is imperative that the ministry charged with seeing that the United Nations Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and the requisite legislation that will protect this segment of the our society, moves with greater alacrity to ensure that such rights come to fruition.

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Brazil: A new constitutional amendment takes effect on April 2

Brazil: A new constitutional amendment takes effect on April 2

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 09:17 PM

On April 2, a new constitutional amendment takes effect in Brazil. The amendment was adopted unanimously in late March, and ensures that Brazil’s 6.5 million domestic workers are entitled to overtime pay, a maximum 8-hour workday, and a 44-hour work week. Domestic Workers’ employers will also be required to pay into a fund to be made available upon compulsory redundancy, death or other contingency.

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Brazil: Formalisation of Domestic Work has a Positive Impact on the Economy and Poverty Reduction

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 09:11 PM

Entitled Impact of Welfare Changes in the Brazilian Market Home Services, the study anticipates this very debate and in so doing seeks to evaluate the direct effects of formalization of domestic work as well as the impacts triggered elsewhere in the economy. The research stimulates results from the consumption of households that rely on domestic work: an increase of approximately R 19 billion (USD 9.5 billion) in 2011 prices in the Brazilian GDP. Moreover, the generation of approximately 630,000 indirect jobs may be attributed to the increased income of domestic workers, mainly in the production of household appliances and related to health services.

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Brazil: Domestic struggle to ratify ILO Convention 189 (Portuguese only)

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 09:22 PM

In an interview with Viva Maria program, the president of the National Federation of Domestic Workers, Creuza Maria Oliveira, talks about the convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO), not yet approved, to ensure rights already included in the PEC of Home.

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Brazil: Domestic workers to get equal rights

Brazil: Domestic workers to get equal rights

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 28, 2015 04:55 PM

The Brazilian Senate has brought in a new law giving domestic servants the same rights as other workers for the first time. An estimated 7m house maids and cooks – nearly all of them women – will be entitled to overtime after working for a maximum of eight hours a day and 44 hours a week, among other rights. The constitutional amendment is set to be enacted next week.

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Argentina: Passes domestic workers law, adding protections after long fight

Argentina: Passes domestic workers law, adding protections after long fight

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 28, 2015 05:27 PM

On Mar 13, legislators passed the law that required the employers of domestic workers to register them with the country's social security system. As a result, the workers will become eligible for benefits such as retirement, paid sick leave.

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Argentina: New act puts domestic workers' rights on the same level

Argentina: New act puts domestic workers' rights on the same level

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 28, 2015 05:50 PM

Argentina adopted a new domestic workers law on March 16. Among its provisions, the law establishes maximum working hours of 8 hours/day or 48 hours/week; overtime pay; a weekly rest break of at least 35 hours; a minimum of 14 annual vacation days; sick leave; and maternity leave. The law sets a minimum age of 16 for domestic work, limits the working hours of those between ages 16 and 18 to 36 hours a week, and prohibits domestic workers below the age of 18 from living in their employer’s home.

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Jamaica: Domestic workers now have their own union - Jamaica Household Workers Association

Jamaica: Domestic workers now have their own union - Jamaica Household Workers Association

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 28, 2015 06:06 PM

Approximately 58,000 domestic workers across Jamaica now have a union to represent them, after the launch of the Jamaica Household Workers Union on Mar 15. The union aims to protect the rights of, and provide skills training for domestic workers.

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Jamaica: IDWN Leaders Interviewed at CVM TV

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 04:47 PM

IDWN Leaders interviewed at CVM TV in Jamaica on March 14. Myrtle Witbooi, Shirley Pryce and Ida Blanc explained how domestic workers are organizing themselves in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and worldwide and told that governments must ratify C189, pass legislations and educate employers to protect domestic workers.

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Caribbean: The CDWN collecting signatures to ask the governments to ratify C189

Caribbean: The CDWN collecting signatures to ask the governments to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:16 PM

In about a week's time, we will be celebrating the International Women's Day. The Caribbean Domestic Workers' Network is collecting signatures to ask the governments to ratify C189 to protect rights of all domestic workers. All signatures will be submitted to Ministers of Labor on March 8, 2013.

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Global: 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award - International Domestic Workers' Network

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:04 PM

In recognition of the groundbreaking efforts of domestic workers worldwide to organize for greater awareness of and respect for their work, their historic success in the adoption of the ILO convention and their commitment to support, expand and build the global labor movement, the AFL-CIO is pleased to award the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the International Domestic Workers' Network.

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Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:09 PM

Ten leading international organizations called on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released on Feb 25, 2013 to protect child domestic workers and to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers). The convention, adopted in June 2011, will help eliminate child domestic labor and improve the lives of an estimated 15 million child domestic workers.

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