Ghana: Domestic workers resolve to form stronger bond of unity
- Ghana: Domestic workers resolve to form stronger bond of unity
- Domestic workers in Ghana have commemorated this year’s International Domestic Workers Day (IDW) with a strong resolve to unite to fight for their rights as workers.
- Jun 16, 2015 (Universal / UTC0)
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In that direction, they have also decided to use all possible campaign platforms to get government of Ghana to ratify ILO C189 on decent work for domestic workers.
The domestic workers contemplated during the commemoration whether it was because the nation did not regard their services provided as work that was why government was delaying in ratifying C189 which would give them the needed legal backing to stand for their rights.
ILO Convention 189 was adopted on June 16 2011 and since then the day of adoption has been observed worldwide as IDW Day. The 2015 commemoration was organized by the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association (IUF) and the Ghana Trade Union Congress (TUC).
Expressing their sentiments of pains and grievances at the 4th anniversary event in Accra on June 16, 2015 at the TUC Hall, the domestic workers said as government has not ratified the convention many employers continued to abuse their rights as workers. Some of these abuses and discrimination include denial of rest periods and holidays, no scheduled work times, verbal and physical violence, no social security and pensions, and lack of access to proper health care, among several others.
To make their numbers count in strength, the domestic workers have started grouping themselves under an umbrella body named Domestic Services Workers Union (DSWU). The formation of this body was facilitated by the IUF and the Ghana TUC.
Source & Photos: SIS. ADWOA SAKYI, IUF AFRICA REGIONAL WOMEN COORDINATOR