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India: Gharelu Kaamgar Sangathan (GKS)

India: Gharelu Kaamgar Sangathan (GKS)

by IDWFED published Jul 18, 2015 12:00 AM
The GKS is organizing domestic workers in Gurgaon, an industrial and financial centre next to the capital Delhi.
Street Address Plot No. 1, Rao Maichand Complex, Jwala Mill, Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon-122015, Haryana, India
Phone Number +91 7042390533, 9911223177, 8882388805
Fax Number
Email gksgurgaon@gmail.com
Website
Type Trade Union
Number of Male Members 53
Number of Female Members 150
Members Pay Fees Check if members pay fees
Maintains Register of Fees Paid Maintains register of fees paid
Year Established 2012

Objectives

Objectives :
•    To give voice for voiceless hidden workforce of domestic workers
•    To Promote and Secure the Rights of Domestic Workers with justice
•    To build up capacity, leadership and recognition of Domestic work
•    To negotiate with employers

Aims :
•    National Legislation for domestic workers
•    Ratification of ILO  C189
•    Minimum Wage for Domestic Workers
•    Negotiated agreements with employers

Mission :
To ignite and amplify the voices of Domestic Workers and deeply acknowledge their cause.

Vision :
A society based on justice , which gives dignity and respect to Domestic Workers under a secure and protected law .


History

In 2012, Gharelu Kaamgar Sangathan (GKS), Gurgaon was formed as a platform for domestic workers to fight for their rights as workers with dignity.  Gharelu Kaamgar Sangathan (GKS) Gurgaon started with the problems faced by unaccounted domestic workers in Gurgaon region of Haryana state.  The need was felt to organize domestic workers in Gurgaon, as no organization in Haryana represents them.   From 2013 formal membership was introduced to the domestic workers.  The organization grew in strength and membership with time. Currently, it covers 6 areas of Gurgaon where there is high concentration of domestic workers Sikanderpur, Nathupur, Chakkerpur, Carterpuri village,  Rajeev Nagar and South City 1. 

Presently, the area committee and the General Committee for Gurgaon epitomizes its leadership and representation in different forums for domestic workers.  The organization joined National Platform for Domestic Workers in 2013 and in June 2014 it became a coalition partner of Domestic Workers Coalition Delhi/NCR demanding a national legislation for Domestic workers.

Photo by GKS, India

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