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India: NPDW Signature Campaign for the cause of domestic workers

India: NPDW Signature Campaign for the cause of domestic workers

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by IDWFED published Aug 01, 2018 12:00 AM
NPDW is calling for endorsement of the Signature Campaign for the cause of domestic workers.

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NPDW is calling for endorsement of the following Signature Campaign for the cause of domestic workers:

National Platform for Domestic Workers
B-19, SUBHAVNA NIKETAN, PITAMPURA, DELHI-110034
Phone : 09891264064, 09895077961,
09810810365
E-mail : npdomesticworker@gmail.com

To,

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar
Minister of State for Labour and Employment
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Govt. of India,
Shram Shakti Bhawan
Rafi Marg.
New Delhi-110001
India

Dear Sir/Madam

We, members of the …………………………………………………………………………union

Hereby want to appeal to you regarding the proposed Labour Law Reforms and particularly the Code on Social Security. We represent workers in the informal sector and particularly domestic workers.

  1. As 92% of the working class fall under the unorganised /informal sector, and only a small number of such workers are members of Central Trade Unions, we feel that responses to the Labour Reforms should also be accepted from smaller registered trade union and coalitions of various segments of Unorganised Sector Workers.
  2. In the first Code on Industrial Relations, we do not accept that all the schedules have been dropped and that we workers will not have an identity.
  3. We also do not accept that we workers will not be able to accept assistance and guidance from supporters of the informal workers even if such individuals are not workers themselves. In a sector like ours, very scattered and uninformed, we depend on the goodwill of such individuals to assist us and bring us the information that we require.
  4. As members of the Platform for Domestic Workers, which has been in existence since 2011 and which has the participation of 34 unions, 5 of which are Central Trade Unions, our immediate reaction to the Social Security Code, 2018 is the following:

a)     We appreciate that efforts have been made to develop a more detailed understanding of the organised and unorganised sectors – both as ‘entities’ and the nature of workers engaged in them.

b)     We nevertheless think that the unorganised and organised sectors be treated separately and not included in the same Social Security Board.

c)     We do not agree that workers will be defined/categorised by their economic status which again is not given clearly. This will again be defining the working class like the APL and BPL which again will cause confusion and give room for manipulation. We insist that the work schedules, based on the trades, be retained as we also notice that these schedules have been dropped in the new Wage Code too.

d)     We firmly believe that the workers in the unorganised sector require a different kind of treatment as social security also implies regulation of work and working conditions. This calls for a more Comprehensive Legislation for the Unorganised Sector as was suggested in the proposal for an Umbrella Legislation in the report of the 2nd Labour Commission.

e)     We strongly oppose the centralization and privatization of funds as proposed in this draft. We believe that State Governments are better able to deal with such disbursements to workers and use the balance funds under terms of a central legislation for the wider benefits of the workers.

f)      We demand that the collection of cesses be continued as earlier in the specific sectors as this is the only direct benefit that workers in the unorganised sector get for their work contribution.    

g)     Finally, we reiterate, that there be a separate Comprehensive Legislation for the Unorganised Sector in which the aspects of regulation of work, social security and grievance redress are included.

It is our earnest request that our petition carrying the signatures of thousands of domestic workers is sympathetically considered and appropriate action taken. We would like to remind you that we domestic workers and our families form an important sector of voters in each and every constituency of the Lok Sabha, especially in the urban and semi-urban areas.

We will be grateful if an opportunity is afforded to some of our representatives to appear before you and make an oral submission as well.

We, on behalf of over five crore domestic workers, thank you, in the hope that our petition receives the utmost consideration at your hands.

          Name                                     Union/org                              Signature

1………………………     ………………………….   …………………………….

2.……………………        ……………………………  …………………………. …                      

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