India: Domestic workers pitch for legal reform in labour laws
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Domestics pitch for legal reform in labour laws | The Times of India
About 1,000, domestic workers from different parts of the city came together at Talkatora Stadium to demand an amendment in existing labour laws and a separate law to address their specific occupation.
The National Domestic Workers Movement and Chetanalaya-Domestic Workers Forum brought the women to the event. Abuse and sexual harassment, lack of welfare measures and social protection were key concerns raised by them. N Mukta Toppo, president of the Council of Catholic Women, Archdiocese of Delhi, recounted the story of one of the workers who was abused by her employer.
International Labour Organization representative Tushima Reiko advocated ratification of resolutions of the ILO Domestic Workers' Convention signed by the union government in June 2011.
"The ratification of the ILO Convention 189 will provide much-awaited recognition to domestic workers across the country who work as hard as any other professional but hardly get recognition and relevant wages. Philippines is the only Asian country to get this done," Reiko said.
The main demands of the domestic workers were a comprehensive legislation for domestic workers, a tripartite board at the national and state level, fixed minimum wages, and registration of workers, employers and their social security contribution. Issuing of smart cards for the workers was also sought.
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