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India: Domestic workers protest at the labour commissioner's office in Kanpur

India: Domestic workers protest at the labour commissioner's office in Kanpur

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 04, 2017 09:12 PM

Gharelu Mahila Kamgar Union protest to labour commissioner's office Kanpur.

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Guinea: Parliament approved ratification of C189 on December 26

Guinea: Parliament approved ratification of C189 on December 26

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2017 04:53 PM

"It's a first victory. But this is just the beginning, we promise to continue the struggle so that all the rights of domestic workers can be respected," Ms Doukouré Asmaou Bah, President of SYNEM promised.

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IDWF 2016 Year-end message: "We have grown, we have spoken out, and we have become the voice of the voiceless," says Myrtle Witbooi

IDWF 2016 Year-end message: "We have grown, we have spoken out, and we have become the voice of the voiceless," says Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2016 02:45 PM

"Yes! We are powerful women. We have proven that we as women leaders we can stand firm when the storms of life hit us."

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Global: IDWF Statement on International Migrants Day - December 18 2016 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

Global: IDWF Statement on International Migrants Day - December 18 2016 - Domestic Workers of the World Unite!

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 14, 2017 05:46 PM

That was the pledge domestic workers made at the founding congress of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) in Uruguay three years ago. Today, on International Migrants Day, we once again remind ourselves that with unity we have the strength to free ourselves, especially migrant domestic workers, so that we are slaves no more.

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Global: IDWF is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon

Global: IDWF is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 14, 2017 05:47 PM

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon - Sushila Rana known as Zogana Rana, and Roja Maya Limbu known as Rosie Limbaugh - without formal and clear explanation of the charges levelled against them.

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Mexico: Union winning fight for domestic workers

Mexico: Union winning fight for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2016 04:07 PM

Contracts with wages starting at 250 pesos daily in effect in five states.

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Global: IDWF is hiring - Regional Coordinator, Latin America (CLOSED)

Global: IDWF is hiring - Regional Coordinator, Latin America (CLOSED)

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 29, 2017 06:51 PM

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter by email to info@idwfed.org no later than the 23 December 2016.

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Japan: International Symposium on "Migrant/Domestic Workers' Rights and ILO 189: Case Studies from Asia, Europe, USA and Japan"

Japan: International Symposium on "Migrant/Domestic Workers' Rights and ILO 189: Case Studies from Asia, Europe, USA and Japan"

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2016 08:49 PM

International Symposium on "Migrant/Domestic Workers' Rights and ILO 189: Case Studies from Asia, Europe, USA and Japan" was held at Hitotsubashi University on Dec 10-11.

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Lebanon: Lebanon deports a domestic worker and holds another

Lebanon: Lebanon deports a domestic worker and holds another

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 11, 2016 11:59 PM

The Lebanese General Security recently deported a domestic worker and is holding another, both from the Nepalese community, two women Sushila Rana known as Zogana Rana, Ms. Roja Maya Limbu known as Rosie Limbaugh, after they were detained a week ago.

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Lebanon: Stop the Deportation of the Domestic Workers & Activists: Sujana and Rosa

Lebanon: Stop the Deportation of the Domestic Workers & Activists: Sujana and Rosa

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 13, 2016 10:01 PM

Call for Solidarity for the immediate release of Sujana and Rose - two courageous migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who were arrested because of their trade union activities.

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Global: Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work

Global: Regulations, incentives can reduce high levels of informality in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 08, 2016 04:40 PM

Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

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Global: New strategies to reduce informality in domestic work

Global: New strategies to reduce informality in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 21, 2016 03:58 PM

A new ILO report calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

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Trinidad & Tobago: Formalizing informal employment of domestic workers through cooperatives

Trinidad & Tobago: Formalizing informal employment of domestic workers through cooperatives

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 04, 2017 12:19 AM

Trinidad and Tobago has an estimated 30, 000 domestic workers, who remain amongst the most undervalued, underpaid and under protected group of workers in the country.

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Hong Kong: FADWU representatives meeting with Labor Department on the issue of window cleaning

Hong Kong: FADWU representatives meeting with Labor Department on the issue of window cleaning

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 08:45 PM

Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU) sisters had a meeting with Assistant Commissioner of Labor Department this morning. We welcome the new article put into standard employment contract regarding external window cleaning for domestic workers. However, it is still unclear that what is the consequence if the article is violated.

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India: ESI for all domestic workers soon

India: ESI for all domestic workers soon

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 06:33 PM

Employees' State Insurance (ESI) to domestic workers was a long standing demand raised by the domestic workers to the ESI commission and to all concerned departments. Finally it is announced.

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Hong Kong: Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Philippine and Hong Kong governments fail to stop agencies from charging migrant domestic workers illegal fees

Hong Kong: Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Philippine and Hong Kong governments fail to stop agencies from charging migrant domestic workers illegal fees

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2016 02:05 PM

Filipino migrant domestic workers are charged illegal fees by unscrupulous employment agencies in both the Philippines and Hong Kong. The practice is widespread and government systems to prevent such illegal activities are not fit for purpose. As a result, many migrant domestic workers have little choice but to pay these exorbitant fees and are heavily indebted, making it difficult to leave exploitative and abusive employers.

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Hong Kong: Windows break for Filipino domestic workers

Hong Kong: Windows break for Filipino domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 04:42 PM

From Saturday, Oct 1, all new contracts with Filipino domestic workers will state that they will not clean the exterior of windows under a unilateral move by the Philippine secretary for labour and employment - a move in response to workers' calls after at least four deaths this year.

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Jamaica: On October 11, Jamaica became the 23rd country to officially ratify ILO Convention 189

Jamaica: On October 11, Jamaica became the 23rd country to officially ratify ILO Convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 04, 2017 12:19 AM

It's official! On October 11, JAMAICA became the 23rd country to officially ratify ILO Convention 189 on decent work for domestic workers!

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Spain: EESC adopted an "opinion" paper on the rights of live-in care workers

Spain: EESC adopted an "opinion" paper on the rights of live-in care workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:17 PM

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an “opinion” paper, to which IDWF provided input, on "the rights of live-in care workers, which we hope will be a good contribution to the discussion on how European societies should address home care workers.

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Bahrain: Drive for rights of domestic workers

Bahrain: Drive for rights of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2016 12:24 AM

A CAMPAIGN to promote the rights of domestic workers across the region was launched in Bahrain.

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Brazil: The FENATRAD affiliates to the International Domestic Workers Federation

Brazil: The FENATRAD affiliates to the International Domestic Workers Federation

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:07 PM

In September, the National Federation of Domestic Workers (FENATRAD) in Brazil held its XI National Congress in Rio de Janeiro with the theme "Ratification of Convention 189, Equal Rights and Organization of Domestic Workers in World." 13 unions of domestic workers from different parts of the country make up this Federation.

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Jamaica: GraceKennedy lauds Holness for ratifying Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention

Jamaica: GraceKennedy lauds Holness for ratifying Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 16, 2016 04:46 PM

Jamaican conglomerate GraceKennedy has applauded Prime Minister Andrew Holness for signing the instrument of ratification for ILO Convention C 189 during the recently-held 71st session of the United Nation’s (UN) General Assembly.

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Hong Kong:  Working Conditions of Domestic Workers

Hong Kong: Working Conditions of Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2016 05:17 PM

Nami, an organizer of the Union of Nepalese Domestic Worker (UNDW) talked about underpayment issues and working conditions of Nepalese domestic workers on the RTHK radio program "Backchat".

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Jamaica: Jamaica Ratifies Domestic Workers Convention

Jamaica: Jamaica Ratifies Domestic Workers Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 23, 2016 10:29 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the government on Thursday, September 22, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention).

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USA: NDWA holds National Assembly with 500 domestic workers and leaders

USA: NDWA holds National Assembly with 500 domestic workers and leaders

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 02, 2016 09:32 PM

Everyone an organizer! That was the message of Dignity, Unity, Power, NDWA’s National Assembly in Washington DC from September 16th-20th. Every two years, we come together as a movement to support each other, learn from each other, and work together to strengthen our organizing of home care workers and domestic workers around the country.

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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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