South Korea: National House Managers Cooperatives (NHMC)
|Street Address||3rd Floor, 35128 Seogyodong Mapogu, Seoul, #121837, South Korea|
|Phone Number||+8223256822 (Ext. 4)|
|Type||Coop||Number of Male Members|
|Number of Female Members||601|
|Members Pay Fees||Check if members pay fees|
|Maintains Register of Fees Paid||Maintains register of fees paid|
Toward ‘Participation & Autonomy’& ‘Solidarity & Sharing’
National House Manager's Cooperative - Why House Managers not Domestic Workers?
We call ourselves house managers rather than domestic workers or helpers, since these terms imply the image of passive actors and have a negative stigma. Through this new name, we intend to attain the image of career workers and raise self esteem as professional workers who manage and care for the affairs of the house.
- Operating the workers' cooperative through self-governing and democracy with solidarity and sharing, the core values of workers' cooperative
- Practicing the spirit of collective management, achieving economic self-reliance
- Creating more care jobs and spreading the sense of community
- Contributing to improve social status of care workers by gaining recognition of our work from the society
The National House Manager's Cooperative (NHMC) was formed by Korean Women Workers Association (KWWA) in order to create jobs for women in 2004. Since 1998, KWWA has worked hard on the issues of unemployment and unstable jobs of women. One of the initiatives taken by KWWA was to provide caregiving jobs to middleaged women, which received social attention and women's active participation. Based on outcome, KWWA set up NHMC in 2004. NHMC has provided specialized training courses to house managers to give a high quality of caring service. NHMC has 13 branches nationwide.
- Training for new members / Training for skills upgrading
We have various programs including specialized training courses to improve skills and support to house managers to provide professional service.
- Leadership Training
We have worked to build leadership by various ways including leadership training.
- Participation and Autonomy
Each member is the owner of NHMC. Members elect and are elected leaders who operate NHMC. We are conducting various activities for the members to improve the spirit of community and fulfill their desire to enjoy full lives.
We effectively use our webpage to publicize and provide information to our clients. We carry out various activities to bolster awareness about NHMC and to increase job opportunities.
- Lobby and Advocacy
We actively conduct lobby and advocacy activities for legal protection for care workers and stabilization of care giving jobs.
|Nov 26 2004||Inauguration Ceremony|
|July 2005||Leadership training for leaders in branches|
|Oct 2005||Rally for members|
|April 2006||Open Forum: "The Situation of Care Workers in the Informal Economy and Policy Protection Measures"|
|May 26 ~ June 5 2008||Exposure trip on social enterprises relating to care jobs in Europe|
|June 2010||Nationwide campaign for social recognition of care workers|
|Aug 2010||Open forum on legal protections for care workers|
|Oct 2010||1st Rally of care workers|
|Jan ~ Dec 2011||Campaign and advocacy for ILO convention on domestic workers|
|June 2011||Nationwide campaign for social recognition of care workers|
|Oct 2011||2nd Rally of care workers|
|Dec 2011||International campaign for ratification of ILO convention on domestic workers|
|Mar 2012||Open forum on situation of house managers (domestic workers) and measures to protect their labor rights|