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The Report of the National Workshop for Domestic Workers in Tanzania 17-18 August 2012

The Report of the National Workshop for Domestic Workers in Tanzania 17-18 August 2012

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by IDWFED published Aug 18, 2012 12:00 AM
Contributors: The Conservation, Hotels, Tourism and Allied Workers Union (CHODAWU)
The 2-day National Workshop on Domestic Workers in Tanzania was held from 17-18 August 2012. The Conservation, Hotels, Tourism and Allied Workers Union (CHODAWU) in collaboration with International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN), FES organized the Workshop. The Workshop, which was tripartite in nature included representatives of ATE, officials of CHODAWU and KUDHEIHA, FES, IUF/IDWN and Domestic Workers.

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The main objectives of the workshop were two-fold:

1.  to raise awareness of stakeholders on the ILO Convention No. 189 for Domestic Workers;
2.  to plan for ratification of the Convention by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

A representative of the Ministry of Labour told the workshop that the Government of Tanzania is fully committed to ratifying the C189. However, it is concerned about inspection of workplaces and needs to review the existing Employment and Labour Relations Act of 2004 to address the gaps.

Speakers from FES and the KUDHEIHA union in Kenya shared experiences of organising domestic workers. The workshop produced a work plan to raise more awareness among domestic workers about labour rights and organising, with a target of 2,000 domestic workers to reach in the next 12 months.

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