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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:37 PM

The International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) comes into force on 5 September 2013, extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

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C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:26 PM

It’s probably the biggest social movement that you've never heard of. Unless, of course, you are one of the millions of activists directly involved. But the world's "invisible workforce" is finally coming out of the shadows. As of 5 September, the historic Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, also known as the Domestic Workers Convention, No. 189, comes into force.

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Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:11 PM

Campaigners are celebrating the long-awaited ratification of a treaty on labour rights for domestic workers that will offer protection to millions of employees worldwide.

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Landmark UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 01:47 PM

A United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world.

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USA: Assembly Bill 241 Will Improve Conditions for Domestic Workers

USA: Assembly Bill 241 Will Improve Conditions for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 20, 2015 03:23 PM

Of course, I disagree with Raul Carranza’s opposition to my Assembly Bill 241, the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, but he does identify one key fact: Many people with disabilities are able to lead independent lives and pursue careers because of domestic workers. In addition, domestic workers allow a lot of California’s economy to function, because people can go to work knowing their loved ones – their children or aging parents – are being cared for. However, Carranza suggests that raising domestic worker wages is a threat to this situation.

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USA: An Employer Speaks About Why She Cares About the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: An Employer Speaks About Why She Cares About the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 26, 2015 05:09 PM

Three months after my second child was born, I began preparing to go back to work three days a week. When I couldn’t find a nearby day care center that had a part-time program, I decided to look for a nanny. As I started to interview people, I had several questions. Do I trust this person to care for my child? What can we afford to pay? Does the schedule work for both of us? I also started to ask myself difficult questions about myself. How can I be a good employer? How do I balance my obligations to my employee with my obligations to my family? And, is it possible for me to be a responsible employer even if I can’t afford to pay the salary I know my employee deserves?

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USA: Domestic worker labour leader said federal victory is in sight

USA: Domestic worker labour leader said federal victory is in sight

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 29, 2015 03:53 PM

A key leader in the movement to raise labor standards for domestic workers expects a long-awaited federal rule change to soon become law. Ai-Jen Poo, who founded and directs the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told The Nation in an interview last week that the new regulations would be “one of the most significant victories for low-wage workers of this administration.” Citing supportive comments by Vice President Joe Biden at a June event celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the confirmation of a new secretary of labor in July, Poo said she hopes to see the process completed this month.

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House of Horrors - Labour Trafficking in Domestic Workers

House of Horrors - Labour Trafficking in Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2015 05:18 PM

You are one of the hundreds, maybe thousands of migrant women workers who have left their families at home to care for someone else’s, only to be trafficked into domestic servitude. The International Labor Organization, Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, and other human-rights advocacy organizations have compiled report after report about human trafficking and migrant domestic-worker abuse around the world. Forced overtime, degrading living conditions, withholding of pay and identity documents, threats, emotional abuse, and even physical and sexual assault are so common in the migrant domestic-worker population that each case almost mirrors the last. While the stories surrounding workers in the Middle East tend to be severe, the elements that make workers vulnerable, like employer sponsorship and lack of protections or recognition for their work, are not unique to the Gulf.

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USA: Hawaii becomes 2nd State to pass a Domestic Worker bill

USA: Hawaii becomes 2nd State to pass a Domestic Worker bill

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2015 06:23 PM

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a domestic workers bill of rights Monday, making Hawaii the second U.S. state to give nannies, housekeepers and others protections on wages and other labor issues.

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USA: The Senate passed an Immigration Reform Bill for millions, including domestic workers

USA: The Senate passed an Immigration Reform Bill for millions, including domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2015 06:41 PM

The Senate has taken a big step forward toward immigration reform. The bill they passed contains a road map to citizenship for millions of families – including domestic workers. Domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. This is a moment to transform that reality, to fully welcome the many people who make our nation what it is today, so that they may continue to strengthen us toward the future.

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USA: THE CARETAKER - A tender relationship between a caregiver and an elderly woman

USA: THE CARETAKER - A tender relationship between a caregiver and an elderly woman

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 31, 2015 02:28 PM

his Op-Doc video explores the relationship between an immigrant caretaker and an elderly woman in the last months of her life. Joesy, a Fijian immigrant, works long hours providing live-in care for 95-year-old Haru Tsurumoto in Sonoma County, Calif. Through intimate and quiet scenes, we explore Joesy’s complex relationship with Haru. The two respect each other in part because each has experienced being an outsider in the United States — Joesy as an undocumented immigrant who fears she could be sent back to Fiji, and Haru as a Japanese-American who was sent to an internment camp during the Second World War.

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Ten million child labourers in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:37 PM

An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls. According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly. Vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions, they are often isolated from their families, hidden from the public eye and become highly dependent on their employers. Many might end up being commercially sexually exploited.

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Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:33 PM

“To eliminate child labor, governments cannot ignore the children working in private homes,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Many of these children are paid a pittance, if at all, and often suffer abuse and overwork. Governments can help these children by ratifying the Domestic Workers Convention.”

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Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:00 PM

On June 16, we will celebrate the second anniversary of the C189 with 7 countries already having ratified the Convention: Uruguay, Philippines, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Italy, Paraguay and Bolivia. The IDWN will join with domestic workers, members of trade unions and other organizations to mobilize and act on this special day to remind each and every government to ratify and implement the Convention: "Domestic Workers are Workers. Ratify C189 Now!"

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USA: Sign to support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: Sign to support the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 02:41 PM

The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed the California Assembly! It now moves to the Senate. Please continue to support the domestic workers in California by signing and sharing the petition and send Governor Brown and the California state legislature a clear message: It's time to recognize and respect those who do the work that makes all other work possible every day. It's time for dignity, respect and labour protections for domestic workers in California!

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Global: Step by step Towards the first Congress of the IDWN

Global: Step by step Towards the first Congress of the IDWN

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 03:40 PM

The IUF Regional Secretariat for Latin America, or the UITA, based in Montevideo will be the organizer of the IDWN Founding Congress in October. In May, it interviewed Elizabeth Tang as she visited the country to prepare the Congress.

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USA: Manhattan Organizers Work To Empower Filipino Domestic Workers

USA: Manhattan Organizers Work To Empower Filipino Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 08, 2015 04:15 PM

Helping trafficked Filipino domestic workers is a crucial part of the mission of Damayan. "Our role is to organize and mobilize Filipino domestic workers, many of whom have been forced into modern-day slavery or have been trafficked into the United States," says Leah Obias, Damayan's campaigns coordinator and case manager.

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USA: It's time to secure the quality care we need

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 14, 2015 04:40 PM

Caring Across Generations is started to unite care consumers, families, workers and immigrant rights organizations to build a better long-term care system that supports each of us, our family members and our neighbors, to live and age in our own homes and communities. The Caring Across Generations campaign brings together aging Americans, people with disabilities, workers, and their families to protect all Americans’ right to choose the care and supports they need to live with dignity.

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USA: Hawaii has become the second state to have Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

USA: Hawaii has become the second state to have Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 03:00 PM

Hawaii is poised to become the second state to have a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Senate Bill 535 passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the Hawaiian legislature on April 30. The landmark legislation will protect domestic workers from discriminatory practices and cover them under the state’s wage and hour law. Governor Neil Abercrombie now has 60 days to sign the bill.

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Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 17, 2015 04:07 PM

Despite stretching into every region of the world, domestic work has historically been excluded from conventional labor laws, regardedly merely as “women’s work". A breakthrough came in 2011 with the passage of the groundbreaking Convention 189 on domestic workers' rights by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN special agency for labor rights. The convention lays out principles for fair treatment at work, including the right to a fair labor contract and a safe work environment, freedom from exploitation and coercion, and legal recourse against abusive employers.

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USA: Time for Domestic Workers to Enjoy Equal Rights and Recognition

USA: Time for Domestic Workers to Enjoy Equal Rights and Recognition

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 05:51 PM

Domestic workers help sustain the rest of the American workforce; in the words of activists, their work makes all other work possible. But many live on less than minimum wage without overtime pay, sometimes working for 20 hours straight with little more than a floor mat to sleep on. In order to protect those who care for our rapidly aging population, activists are calling for the federal government to enact legislation to end the inhumane treatment that's breaking down the domestic workforce every day.

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USA: Labour Leader Ai-jen Poo: We Are All Domestic Workers Now

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 24, 2015 05:58 PM

The Nation sat down with Ai-jen Poo, a founder of New York’s Domestic Workers United, who now directs the National Domestic Workers Alliance. We discussed some disappointments dealt by Democratic politicians, the challenges of sustaining non-union labor groups and how to confront the coming care crisis. What follows is a condensed and edited version of our conversation.

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USA: Promoting Labour Rights for Women Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 28, 2015 04:49 PM

This year during Women’s History Month, the United States is highlighting its continuing efforts to press for gender equality and to advance the status of women and girls. As Secretary Kerry affirmed in his editorial on March 8, the contributions of women are essential for widely-shared prosperity, sustainable development, and durable peace.

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Global: 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award - International Domestic Workers' Network

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:04 PM

In recognition of the groundbreaking efforts of domestic workers worldwide to organize for greater awareness of and respect for their work, their historic success in the adoption of the ILO convention and their commitment to support, expand and build the global labor movement, the AFL-CIO is pleased to award the 2013 George Meany–Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the International Domestic Workers' Network.

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USA: Domestic Workers call for bill of rights

USA: Domestic Workers call for bill of rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 06:30 PM

The Southwest Workers Union's Domestic Workers in Action group wants the city to adopt a “San Antonio Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” which would provide nannies, maids and home care providers the ability to negotiate salaries and workloads. It also would give workers the right to take meals and breaks, to be eligible for workers' compensation and to receive sick time.

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Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

Global: IDWN joins other NGOs, call on all governments to ratify C189 to protect child domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:09 PM

Ten leading international organizations called on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released on Feb 25, 2013 to protect child domestic workers and to ratify the ILO Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers). The convention, adopted in June 2011, will help eliminate child domestic labor and improve the lives of an estimated 15 million child domestic workers.

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USA: For Day Laborers. For Domestic Workers. Reform For all 11 Million.

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 12, 2015 02:59 PM

A contingent of domestic workers, la labourers and other workers from all over the country in USA marched in Washington DC to demand for an immigration reform, so that they can regularize their situation, improve economic conditions and obtain recognition for their economic contributions.

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USA: NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented

USA: NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 17, 2015 04:43 PM

The NDWA found a significant wage penalty for being undocumented. Overall, domestic workers who are US citizens have a median $12 hourly wage, but undocumented immigrants are paid $10, a 17 percent difference.

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Global: No to child labour in domestic work - World Day Against Child Labour, June 12

Global: No to child labour in domestic work - World Day Against Child Labour, June 12

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 18, 2015 11:07 PM

The ILO estimates that 15.5 million children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

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USA: Join NDWA to tell Governor Brown to clean up his act

USA: Join NDWA to tell Governor Brown to clean up his act

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 06:01 PM

On Sunday, September 30, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Governor Brown had the opportunity to help lead the nation towards progress and equality for our growing, vital workforce of women. Instead, he chose to set us all back. Join us in telling Governor Brown that you can veto a bill, but you can't veto a movement.

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