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Hong Kong: Domestic workers' urgent call to ratify C189

Hong Kong: Domestic workers' urgent call to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 09:39 PM

Representatives from domestic workers unions and groups met Mr. Noel Eugene Eusebio M. Servigon, Consul General of the Philippines in Hong Kong, on 22 March 2012.

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Singapore: To have mandatory day off for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 01:48 PM

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) welcomes the announcement by the Ministry of Manpower requiring a weekly rest day for foreign domestic workers (FDW). TWC2 has been advocating this ever since they started in 2003 and is pleased that this significant move forward is now being taken. Over the years, they have taken every opportunity to highlight the issue and to raise pro-day off arguments in meetings, consultations and the media.

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Burkina Faso: Public meeting to highlight the rights of domestic workers

Burkina Faso: Public meeting to highlight the rights of domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 09:25 PM

On March 17, the IUF women’s committee and the national coordination of IUF affiliates of which the Domestic Workers’ Union SYNEMAG is part, organized a public meeting in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso to inform about C189 and incite the government to ratify it. Representatives of the ministry of the public sector, of the National Assembly, as well as of the national social security institution attended the meeting together with trade unions and national centers.

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Global: International Domestic Workers Network Launches Film on Convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 09:17 PM

C189: Conventional Wisdom

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Global: 48.3% migrant workers are women, facing increased vulnerability and discrimination

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 07, 2015 04:09 PM

Caritas International denounces in a recent report, «The Female Face of Immigration», the difficult life conditions for the 104 million migrant women worldwide (a 48.3% of the total). The ultimate goal of the study is to draw attention on the specific needs of those who are forced to leave their countries in general, and to emphasize the women's situation which is even more burdening than the one of the men.

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Dominican Republic: Special Training Centre in Domestic Services (CEFESD) opened on March 12

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 08:41 PM

The first Special Training Center in Domestic Services (CEFESD) has been inaugurated, with the aim to enable, to form and to spread the duties and labor rights to employers, employees and especially to the domestic workers.

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UK: A step back into Victorian-era slavery for UK domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 01:43 PM

Tying the visas of domestic workers to one employer means they will not be able to flee ill treatment for fear of being deported

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South Africa: A Reflection on the Ratification Process by Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 01:52 PM

We have had several meetings in South Africa with our labour caucus, including our Portfolio Committee on Labour, Minister of Labour and some of our political parties. They all support that the Government must ratify convention 189. We all were so exited we could not wait.

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Global: Three unionists shared their experiences on domestic workers activities & campains for ratification of ILO instruments

Global: Three unionists shared their experiences on domestic workers activities & campains for ratification of ILO instruments

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:42 PM

Since the adoption in june 2011 of the the Convention 189 (C 189)and the Recommendation 201 (R 201)for domestic workers by government , worker and employer delegates of the ILO, ,Unions in collaborration with ILO-Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) have many activities for the promotition of these two ILO instruments at the state and regional levels .In the following interwiew, three unionists shared their experiences about this issue. ACTRAV INFO met with Ms. Marieke Koning, Equality Officer at International trade union confederation (ITUC), Ms. Barbro Budin, Gender & Equality Officer and Trade Union Development Officer at International union federation (IUF) and Elizabeth Tang, International Coordinator at International Domestic Workers’ Network (IDWN).

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Ireland: Migrant Domestic Workers Call on Government to Ratify ILO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 06:05 PM

Hundreds of migrant women employed as domestic workers in Ireland are demanding their dignity on International Women’s Day.

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Antigua and Barbuda: Union calls on government to ratify convention 189

Antigua and Barbuda: Union calls on government to ratify convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 02:27 PM

On the occasion of International Women's day commemorated today, a trade unionist here has called on government to ratify the ILO Convention 189, which speaks to decent work and domestic workers.

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Asia: Urgent Action to urge the Government of the Philippines to ratify C189 within the next 3 months

Asia: Urgent Action to urge the Government of the Philippines to ratify C189 within the next 3 months

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 09:52 PM

On March 8, representatives from IDWN, Global Network-Asia, Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and Amnesty International in Manila, met with the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines.

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Bolivia: Federation of Domestic Workers of Bolivia calls for immediate ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 07, 2015 03:48 PM

Almost one year after its adoption, this convention has not been ratified yet by Bolivia nor by any other country, in spite of having received 396 votes in favor, among them, the one of Bolivia. This norm establishes that millions of domestic workers will be able to have the same basic rights as other workers, including reasonable working hours, weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours, a limit to payments in species, clear information on the terms and the conditions of the employment, as well as the respect to the principles and fundamental labor rights, including those of union freedom and collective negotiation.

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Germany: World Day of Prayer 2012 - Prayerful Action for Domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 08:41 PM

In the international ecumenical movement “World Day of Prayer” praying together and acting in solidarity go together: informed prayer and prayerful action. Women active in World Day of Prayer (WDP) work are committed to learn and to strive for wisdom. They are also encouraged to take responsible action that grows out of the worship service and its theme, and that is wisely discerned and appropriate for those who engage in it.

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USA: Be The Help - Win Rights and Respect for Domestic Workers

USA: Be The Help - Win Rights and Respect for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:16 PM

A Public Statement of the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) to the Department of Labor of the U. S. government in support of the newly proposed regulations to bring overtime and minimum-wage protections to two million home-care workers in the country, and to provide basic record-keeping protections for live-in domestic workers.

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Netherlands: Solidarity Action with the Cleaners and Domestic Workers in The Netherlands

Netherlands: Solidarity Action with the Cleaners and Domestic Workers in The Netherlands

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 04:44 PM

In The Netherlands the domestic workers are also part of the cleaners industry. At the moment they are walking together with the cleaners in the streets for a new collective agreement. They are also covered by it, but only domestic workers under agencies, this time they want to cover also domestic workers under individual employers which is the majority in The Netherlands, Rebeca Pabon reports.

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Netherlands: IDWN Solidarity note to the domestic workers and cleaners

Netherlands: IDWN Solidarity note to the domestic workers and cleaners

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 31, 2016 07:30 PM

The International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) is watching with great interest the events in the Netherlands. For the second year, the cleaners and domestic workers have to go on strike in order to achieve an acceptable collective agreement for the industry. We are very proud that the Dutch domestic workers are part of this important struggle!

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Global: Domestic Workers Around the World Support JalaPRT, Indonesia

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 08:52 PM

We urge the Indonesian government: to Establish a Law for the Protection of Domestic Workers, to Ratify the ILO Convention 189 and R201 Now.

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UK: Unions took it to their heart, says Diana Holland

UK: Unions took it to their heart, says Diana Holland

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 08:59 PM

Diana Holland is Chair of the Women’s Committee of the ITUC, the global trade union confederation. The ITUC helped mobilise its affiliated union federations across the world to win C189. Then in mid-December 2011, together with the IDWN, IUF, Human Rights Watch and others, launched the ’12 by 12’ campaign for ratification of C189 by governments in at least twelve countries during 2012. Domestic workers in many countries held public rallies and demonstrations.

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Caribbean: Caribbean Domestic Workers Network Launched

Caribbean: Caribbean Domestic Workers Network Launched

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 09:31 PM

Domestic workers from across the Caribbean have come together to establish a network dedicated to advancing efforts to ensure that the work of domestic workers is recognised as valid work alongside other catergories of work, and that these employees are treated with dignity and respect.

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Saudi Arabia: A story of Ariyawathie, a migrant domestic worker from Sri Lanka

Saudi Arabia: A story of Ariyawathie, a migrant domestic worker from Sri Lanka

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 21, 2015 06:47 PM

Majority of Sri Lankan women who work in the Middle East as migrant workers belong to low income families and are financially instable. They detach themselves from their families and travel abroad for work in hope of realizing dreams and ambitions.

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Uruguay: The National Day of Domestic Workers is Celebrated

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 09:35 PM

The Latin American Regional Secretariat of the IUF, saluted all domestic workers on this day in Uruguay, while calling the appropriate authorities to expedite the ratification of Convention 189 and Recommendation 201 of the ILO recently adopted at the 100th International Labour Conference.

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Trinidad & Tobago: CAFRA Congratulates NUDE For ILO Victory

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 02:35 PM

The Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (Trinidad and Tobago) congatulated the National Union of Domestic Workers on the historic achievement of a Domestic Worker Convention at the ILO Conference. CAFRA praised the late Clotil Walcott of NUDE, as well as James Lynch, Salisha Ali and Ida Le Blanc, NUDE General Secretary.

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USA: Domestic Workers Support Student Strikers at Hershey's

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 09:39 PM

Domestic workers from the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) met with student guestworkers who led a factory sit-in because of broken promises and unfair conditions.

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Germany: Strengthening Protections for Domestic Workers Report Published

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 05:39 PM

How do we define a landmark event? It has taken some 60 years, but in June 2011 the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a global convention setting forth the fundamental rights of domestic workers, and the obligation of governments worldwide to protect them.

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Germany: Diplomatic Immunity Poses Threat to Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 02:46 PM

Diplomatic immunity was originally meant to protect embassy personnel from arbitrary harassment. But a new case in Berlin, involving the alleged abuse of an Indonesian domestic worker, makes it clear that human rights sometimes get lost in the shuffle. The case could go to Germany's highest court.

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USA: AFL-CIO Partners with Domestic Workers Alliance - Call for Domestic Worker Representatives at ILC

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 29, 2015 10:24 PM

In a historic move, the AFL-CIO signed a new partnership agreement with the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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USA: TUCA Publishes Support for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 06:20 PM

On May 1 women workers in the Americas mobilized to demand from governments and business the responses needed to assure passage of the new agreement “Decent Work for Domestic Workers” at the next International Labour Conference.

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Italy: Feast Day of Zita on 27 April - Patron of Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 03:21 PM

On 27 april Saint Zita (1212–1272) is commemorated as saint patron of domestic workers. If the Holy See in Vatican City had become member of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the ratification of its Convention 189 surely would have taken place on that very day.

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Indonesia: President Calls for an End to Export of Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:07 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia should stop sending workers overseas for placement in the informal sector, in particular as domestic workers. Yudhoyono has established a team to evaluate countries that do not provide sufficient protection to Indonesian workers. These countries could face a moratorium on labor exports from Indonesia.

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