Bangladesh:10th year anniversary of the National Women Domestic Workers Union (NDWWU)
- Bangladesh:10th year anniversary of the National Women Domestic Workers Union (NDWWU)
- The National Domestic Women Workers Union (NDWWU) established on March 8, 2001 with the aim of recognizing the rights and establishing the dignity of Domestic workers. This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishing of the rights and dignity of the domestic workers. On March 8, 2011 the 3rd national conference of NDWWU was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Mar 08, 2011 (Universal / UTC0)
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By Abul Hossain
The National Domestic Women Workers Union (NDWWU) established on March 8, 2001 with the aim of recognizing the rights and establishing the dignity of Domestic workers. This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishing of the rights and dignity of the domestic workers.
On March 8, 2011 the 3rd national conference of NDWWU was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The 3rd national conference inaugurated by Ms. Munnuzan Sufian, State minister of Labour and employment of the Government of Bangladesh. Mr. Rashed Khan Menon MP and Advocate Fauzia Karim Firoj, Member of National Human Rights Commission were present as Chief Guest and Special guest respectively. The representatives of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Hongkong attended the conference.
The main slogan of 3rd national coference was “formulating laws for recognizing the rights and establishing the dignity of domestic workers.” The main demand of the conference was immideate pass labour police on domestic work and provite training for creating skilled development.
The 3rd national conference demanded that the government must publish gazette of the domestic work policy and its implement immediately. Stop killing, tourturing, harrasment and should punish those who are liable in that criminal activities.
Every year NDWWU celebrate the International Women’s Day. They protest on the streets for equal rights and recognition as human beings and as woman workers. Domestic work is still one of the main occupations of women worldwide. In many countries it is not recognized as work, even if it is done to earn a living. Therefore domestic workers are often not regarded as workers and are excluded from labour legislation.
The majority of domestic workers do not have access to social protection. Because their workplace is a private home, many domestic workers suffer from abuses, including rape, sexual assault and other violence. Many children are working as domestic workers. But even in not favourable conditions, domestic workers, for example, often do not receive paid holidays and they are expected to be available around the clock without compensation.
This year is particularly important for domestic workers worldwide: the second and last reading of an international labour standard, an ILO convention, will be negotiated this year in June in Geneva. An ILO convention, if adopted in June, will give recognition to billions of domestic workers and law the basis to ensure minimum protection for one of the most vulnerable category of workers.
On this 8 March, domestic workers demand from all member states and their trade union and employers’ associations to support and vote in favour of an ILO convention, supplemented by a Recommendation.Even those governments, which would be hesitant to ratify the convention should give other governments the possibility to do so, by adopting the instrument in the plenary session of the International Labour Conference.
However, once adopted, the conference urge governments to ratify the convention and to transfer the provisions into national law in order to ensure implementation. Domestic Workers demand Rights and Recognition–an ILO convention for domestic workers!
NDWWU thinks that the goal can be achieved through a combined effort of the national and international workers organizations and Labour Rights groups.