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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:04 PM
IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 12, 2015 05:03 PM

Today, domestic workers make up the main bulk of all international women migrants and the number is still rising. On December 18, the International Migrants Day, we pay special tribute to migrant domestic workers who have made huge sacrifices for the sake of their families and loved ones – so that their children can go to schools, the sick treated, battered houses fixed and so on and so forth.

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Labor Rights for All: The Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 12, 2015 05:37 PM

Women from forty countries—nannies, housecleaners, community organizers and trade unionists—gathered in Uruguay at the end of October to establish the first global federation of domestic workers. There were few television cameras, no celebrities to give a keynote speech, no large commitments of donor aid. In fact there were none of the trappings of the numerous international conferences to fight the enormous social ills of forced labor, trafficking and labor exploitation.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWN Chair, talks about why she is at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWN Chair, talks about why she is at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:17 PM

Myrtle Witbooi of Capetown, IDWN Chair, said she came to emphasize the fact that "domesticworkers are just like any other workers, and deserving of the same rights and respect." Myrtle said another goal was to build support for C189, the international Convention of rights concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

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Global: Domestic Workers Receive 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

Global: Domestic Workers Receive 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:21 PM

Recognizing the hardships faced by many domestic workers across the globe, the International Domestic Workers' Network (IDWN) was formed in 2006 to provide a voice for the voiceless and a face for the oftentimes invisible workers who clean homes, care for children, the elderly and assist those in need.

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Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:37 PM

The International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) comes into force on 5 September 2013, extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

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C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:26 PM

It’s probably the biggest social movement that you've never heard of. Unless, of course, you are one of the millions of activists directly involved. But the world's "invisible workforce" is finally coming out of the shadows. As of 5 September, the historic Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, also known as the Domestic Workers Convention, No. 189, comes into force.

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Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:11 PM

Campaigners are celebrating the long-awaited ratification of a treaty on labour rights for domestic workers that will offer protection to millions of employees worldwide.

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Landmark UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 01:47 PM

A United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world.

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Uruguay and Philippines: C189 Enters into Force on September 5

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:43 PM

On the coming September 5, the C189 will enter into force for Uruguay and the Philippines. As the first two countries ratify the C189, they will have to submit a first detailed report to the ILO by the September 1, 2014, based on an ILO form.

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Uruguay: Domestic Workers Day on 19 Aug

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 26, 2015 05:13 PM

Uruguay is the first country in the world to ratify ILO Convention 189 on decent work on domestic workers. It has the Law No. 18065, approved in November 2006 to protect the labour rights of domestic workers as well as their rights in collective bargaining.

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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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