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Jamaica: Government in Final Stages of Ratifying Domestic Workers Convention

Jamaica: Government in Final Stages of Ratifying Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 23, 2016 10:35 PM

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says Government is in the final stages of ratifying the Convention for Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011.

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Qatar: The average salary of a domestic worker is $431 a month

Qatar: The average salary of a domestic worker is $431 a month

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 04:54 PM

The majority of domestic workers in Qatar make about QR1,571 ($431) a month, according to a new survey by an online recruitment firm.

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Global: What the "Uber-isation" of domestic work means for women

Global: What the "Uber-isation" of domestic work means for women

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 05:14 PM

Apps providing domestic cooks, cleaners and care workers are growing rapidly in countries like India, Mexico and South Africa. Research Officer Abigail Hunt explores whether this is likely to be good or bad for the women who use them.

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Brazil: IDWF at the AWID Forum 2016

Brazil: IDWF at the AWID Forum 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:01 PM

In September, IDWF had a delegation of 9 people participating in the Association of Women in Development Forum in Bahia, Brazil. This conference takes place every four years. The theme of the Forum was ‘Feminist Futures’ and it brought together a diverse array of feminist and women’s rights organisations, workers’ organisations, LBTI groups, and indigenous and peasant organizations.

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USA: Matahari Women Workers' Center Condemns Au Pair Industry Efforts to Remove Labor Protections for Domestic Workers

USA: Matahari Women Workers' Center Condemns Au Pair Industry Efforts to Remove Labor Protections for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 07, 2016 11:29 PM

As the U.S. Recognizes Workers on Labor Day, the Matahari Women Workers’ Center Condemns Industry Efforts to Remove Labor Protections From Domestic Workers

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Hong Kong: Employment agency found guilty at court for overcharging second case in 3 months

Hong Kong: Employment agency found guilty at court for overcharging second case in 3 months

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 12, 2016 04:42 PM

An employment agency named Ursula Employment Center found found guilty at court for overcharge agency fees.

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Hong Kong: Three years and waiting- Indonesian DW still owed money locked into welfare account of dead Hong Kong boss

Hong Kong: Three years and waiting- Indonesian DW still owed money locked into welfare account of dead Hong Kong boss

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 05:00 PM

Back home in Surabaya, Sri Agustini urges the Social Welfare Department to release the HK$21,000 due to her after serving disabled employer for over seven years.

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Philippines: Set to lift a ban on Filipino domestic workers going to the UAE

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2016 06:04 PM

Consuls meets recruitment offices to inform them of rules.

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India: Health insurance scheme for domestic workers to be launched soon by Centre

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2016 05:44 PM

The Union Labour Ministry will launch a social security scheme soon for domestic workers on pilot basis in Delhi and Hyderabad as part of its commitment to provide health insurance for all, Union minister for labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya said.

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USA: Sign petition and Send some love and solidarity to black domestic workers in the US

USA: Sign petition and Send some love and solidarity to black domestic workers in the US

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 28, 2016 12:56 AM

IDWF invites affiliates around the world to send messages of solidarity through social media. Use the hashtags #dwdignity and #blacklivesmatter and @IDWFed. Post a photo on facebook saying "Domestic Workers from [your country] in solidarity with black domestic workers in the US #blacklivesmatter."

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Jamaica: To Prime Minister Andrew Holness: Yes! We look forward to Jamaica becoming the 23rd country to ratify C189!

Jamaica: To Prime Minister Andrew Holness: Yes! We look forward to Jamaica becoming the 23rd country to ratify C189!

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 23, 2016 06:46 PM

Please add your name to this sign-on letter encouraging him and the Jamaican government to take quick action to become the 13th country in Latin America and the Caribbean (out of 22 internationally) to ratify the ILO’s Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C189).

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Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers law coming, says Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development

Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers law coming, says Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 22, 2016 08:39 PM

Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, says she is fully supportive of the inclusion of domestic workers under labour legislation and the measure will be in “the first package” of forthcoming amendments to the Industrial Relations Act (IRA).

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Oman: Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped

Oman: Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 20, 2016 04:09 PM

Reform System, Laws to Protect Migrant Women

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Singapore: Foreign domestic workers' living conditions survey

Singapore: Foreign domestic workers' living conditions survey

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 11, 2016 05:51 PM

Transient Workers Count Too found that 5% of foreign domestic workers had to share their sleeping space with a male teenager or adult. This is against written law, with a possible fine of up to $10,000. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) confirmed this when the ministry responded to a query by the Straits Times.

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Jamaica: Shirley Pryce given a special award for her contribution to the development of domestic workers' profession

Jamaica: Shirley Pryce given a special award for her contribution to the development of domestic workers' profession

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 28, 2016 12:36 AM

President of Jamaica Household Workers’ Union Shirley Pryce received a special award for her sterling contribution to the development of the profession. For the past 25 years, Pryce has fought for the rights of domestic workers in Jamaica and the Caribbean. In receiving her award, Pryce acknowledged the role played by Heather Little-White in inspiring her to dedicate her time to this cause.

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Jamaica: Prime Minister Pledges to Speed up Ratification of Domestic Workers Convention

Jamaica: Prime Minister Pledges to Speed up Ratification of Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 28, 2016 12:40 AM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be moving quickly to ratify the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention on Domestic Workers. It is aimed at guaranteeing fundamental labour rights to an estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide. The Prime Minister, in the meanwhile, lauded GraceKennedy for implementing the Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Award, noting that it is a good demonstration of corporate social responsibility by the company.

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Indonesia: Domestic workers drama in celebration of the 5th anniversary of C189

Indonesia: Domestic workers drama in celebration of the 5th anniversary of C189

by Fish Ip — last modified Jul 22, 2016 08:55 PM

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of adoption of ILO Convention 189, Jala PRT organized a drama which domestic worker tell people about their plight.

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Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

Global: On International Domestic Workers' Day, Turn Rights into Reality

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 04:41 PM

On International Domestic Workers’ Day, we celebrate a growing movement to assert the rights of this vast but hidden workforce. An estimated 67.1 million people are employed in domestic work around the world, most of them women. They cook, clean, and care for children and the elderly. But working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation and abuse.

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Australia: Plight of domestic workers must not be overlooked

Australia: Plight of domestic workers must not be overlooked

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 04:09 PM

What we do know is that because of the extreme power imbalance within the employment relationship and isolated working conditions not subject to standard labour inspection, domestic workers are among the most marginalised and exploited workers in the world today. This is particularly true for those working for diplomatic and foreign officials.

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Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

Global: Today is International #DomesticWorkersDay – 5 years after the convention

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 03:51 PM

On June 16 2011, the ILO adopted Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers and its accompanying Recommendation 201. Since then, after a slow start progress has been made: 22 countries have ratified the convention, more than 30 have extended legislative protections to domestic workers.

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Asia: Asia scores low on labour law protection for domestic workers

Asia: Asia scores low on labour law protection for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 08:58 PM

Over 35% of the domestic workers worldwide are accounted for in Asia where the Philippines remains the only country to ratify international labour standards for their protection. Changes are brewing and support is needed.

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Trinidad and Tobago: A First Step Toward Strengthening Domestic Workers' Cooperatives

Trinidad and Tobago: A First Step Toward Strengthening Domestic Workers' Cooperatives

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 27, 2016 05:51 PM

In Trinidad and Tobago, domestic work (estimated at 30,000 employees by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago) is a growing sector. The members of the National Union of Domestic Workers (NUDE) formed Service Workers Centre Cooperative Society (SWCCS) in 2014 for improved benefits and working conditions and to have a legal entity for domestic workers that is recognized by employers. Domestic workers’ participation in a democratic workplace upholds their rights as workers and as citizens of our society. The work of the ILO on this topic is guided by the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) , which to date has been adopted by 22 countries.

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Nepal: Domestic Workers are also workers! NTUC urges the Government to Ratify ILO Convention 189

Nepal: Domestic Workers are also workers! NTUC urges the Government to Ratify ILO Convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2016 09:22 PM

Nepal Home workers Union affiliates of Nepal Trade Union Congress organized a conference on "Awareness on ILO Convention C189 and My Fair Home Campaign" to observe the 5th Anniversary of C189 and as the International Domestic Workers Day.

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Guinea: SYNEM promoting My Fair Home and getting support in the community

Guinea: SYNEM promoting My Fair Home and getting support in the community

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 23, 2016 04:48 PM

SYNEM promoting My Fair Home and getting support in the community!

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Nepal: GEFONT supports the My Fair Home campaign

Nepal: GEFONT supports the My Fair Home campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 21, 2016 09:57 PM

My Fair Home Campaign was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Deputy Secretary General of General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) on the occasion of International Domestic Workers Day, June 16.

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Sweden: Union to Union supports to the campaign of My Fair Home on June 16

Sweden: Union to Union supports to the campaign of My Fair Home on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 28, 2016 03:51 PM

Union to Union shows support to the campaign of MY FAIR HOME on the International Domestic Workers' Day June 16!

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Argentina: UPACP supports the My Fair Home and asks the government to respect domestic workers' rights!

Argentina: UPACP supports the My Fair Home and asks the government to respect domestic workers' rights!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 16, 2016 11:25 PM

Unión Personal Auxiliar de Casas Particulares (UPACP), an IDWF affiliate, shows their support to My Fair Home and will try to get the Ministry to join the campaign.

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Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

Global: End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 11:32 PM

This year, the focus for World Day Against Child Labour – marked on 12 June - is on child labour and supply chains. With 168 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present.

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Argentina: Continues the second year of tripartite discussions on wages and key issues on domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 07:18 PM

This year, Argentina continues the second year of tripartite discussions on wages and key issues on domestic work. With these discussions they were able to achieve a subsidy of 50 percent discount on transportation and a discount on gas and water services for the sector.

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Chile: "Open your door to the dignity of your domestic worker"

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 12, 2016 06:53 PM

In Chile, the campaign "Open your door to the dignity of your domestic worker" was launched as the sector continues to work closely with employers since the legislative achievements of the Law 20.786 and C189, which entered into force on 10 June 2016.

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