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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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Guatamala: First domestic workers union formed

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:22 PM

The first union for domestic workers in the history of Guatamala, SITRODOMSA, was formed in April, 2011.

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Indonesia: Jala PRT files lawsuit against government for failing to protect domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:12 PM

Activists have submitted a citizen lawsuit against President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his aides and the House of Representatives, for failing to protect domestic workers in the country and abroad. "This lawsuit signals that we want stronger protection for our domestic workers," the National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy (Jala PRT) coordinator, Lita Anggraini, told The Jakarta Post after filing the lawsuit at the Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

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Zambia: New Minimum Wage for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 03:56 PM

For the first time, the Zambian government has set a minimum wage for domestic workers. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security arrived at the minimum wage after consultation with stakeholders, including employers and employees. “Despite their importance, domestic workers are the most exploited and abused in the country, needless to say that they are often underworked and underpaid,” explained Minister Austin Liato.

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Indonesia: Understanding Indonesian domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:28 PM

An article in the Jakarta Globe explores the four basic elements that must be considered to fully understand the specific conditions affecting domestic workers. The author, Faishol Adib, argues that a firm understanding of the plight of domestic workers is necessary to ensure an effective Domestic Workers' Convention.

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Switzerland: Domestic Workers protected by the Country’s first Sectoral Employment Contract

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:54 PM

The Swiss union UNIA has convinced the Swiss government to establish the country's first sectoral employment contract for domestic workers. Also called NAVs, these agreements are designed for sectors in which collective agreements cannot be reached.

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Global: Reversing a History of Exclusion through International Labour Law

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:42 PM

Claire Hobden, a junior project officer at the ILO, addressed the necessary legal protections sought by domestic workers, and the value of the standard-setting process.

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Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 04:14 PM

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on “The professionalization of domestic work”.

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Global: "Domestic workers: their time now" by Celia Mather

Global: "Domestic workers: their time now" by Celia Mather

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:12 PM

Celia Mather, a UK-based writer on global labour issues, including for the IDWN, recently published an article in International Union Rights. Ms. Mather hails the historic fight that domestic workers have embarked on to win an ILO Convention that gives them fundamental rights equal to other workers.

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Germany: Organizations Believe an ILO Convention for Domestic Workers Is Needed To Combat Poverty

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:31 PM

The German Federation of Trade Unions DGB and the German Commission Justice and Peace issued a press release criticizing the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion for failing to implement needed structural changes in poverty reduction and prevention. Both organizations urge that the enabling international agreements be ratified and implemented, including the ILO convention on domestic workers.

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Global: Campaign for Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers

Global: Campaign for Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 05:18 PM

Between International Human Rights Day (10 December 2010) and the opening of the International Labour Conference (1 June 2011) organized domestic workers and support organizations will lobby their governments to vote for a meaningful and strong rights-based international Convention to protect domestic workers.

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Netherlands: Stories of domestic workers working in Netherlands

Netherlands: Stories of domestic workers working in Netherlands

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:52 PM

A Domestic Workers' film by Domestic Workers Netherlands.

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Trinidad & Tobago: National Union of Domestic Workers Gets ILO Support

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:36 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO), Office for the Caribbean and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) are supporting the renewed efforts of the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) of Trinidad and Tobago to mobilize domestic workers and defend the rights and interests of domestic workers.

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Global: UN Recommends Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers Worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 04:25 PM

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers adopted guidance in the form of a "General Comment" that interprets the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families

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Hong Kong: FADWU Founded - A Milestone for Domestic Workers' Rights in Asia

Hong Kong: FADWU Founded - A Milestone for Domestic Workers' Rights in Asia

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 05:08 PM

Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) was founded in November 2010.

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India: Government Adopts New Position in Support of ILO Convention for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 05:33 PM

When the Government of India responded to the ILO "Brown" Report, it proposed a few changes to the language. To the delight of domestic workers throughout the globe, the Indian government indicated its support of the ILO Domestic Worker Convention supplemented by a Recommendation.

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Benin: Cotonou Workshop on the Domestic work Statement

Benin: Cotonou Workshop on the Domestic work Statement

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 06, 2016 05:32 PM

At Cotonou in August, 2010, participants from Benin, Togo, Niger, Senegal and Burkina-Faso determined to advocate for the adoption of a ILO Convention for Domestic Workers.

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