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India: National Domestic Workers Federation (NDWF)

India: National Domestic Workers Federation (NDWF)

by IDWFED published Oct 02, 2014 06:22 PM
NDWF is composed of domestic workers unions from different states.
Street Address A-3, Poorva Enclave, Haider Ali Road, Kokar P.O, Ranchi Dist., Jharkhand 834001, INDIA (temporary)
Phone Number 0651-2540566
Fax Number
Email [email protected]
Type Trade Union
Number of Male Members 0
Number of Female Members 22,500
Members Pay Fees Check if members pay fees
Maintains Register of Fees Paid Maintains register of fees paid
Year Established 2013






NDWF aims to protect, ensure and promote the rights of Domestic Workers in India and those working abroad through solidarity and participation.

It’s objectives are to ensure equal rights for domestic workers like any other workers, with regard to wages, social security, working conditions, health and other benefits etc.

It wants to establish a society where domestic work is duly recognized, domestic workers are respected for their contribution to the society and their rights are upheld through legislative mechanisms leading to dignity of life and work


The NDWF was formed out of the effort of National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM) which has been organizing and mobilizing domestic workers for rights and justice since 1985. NDWM decided to organize the domestic workers into unions in states. After a few preparatory meetings and trainings in this regard in late 2010, ten states (where NDWM works) came forward to organize and strengthen the workers in their states into unions.

Three NDWM states had already started the process in their states and were registered. Thus with the back up support from the World Solidarity Movement, Belgium an operational plan was prepared for all the 10 states separately and at the national level.

By end of 2012, four more states were registered at state level and by March 2013 just one state was left to register itself with the local authorities.

In October 2013, six state level unions of domestic workers came together and organized its first Congress of the federation. They finalized their Constitution, elected their leadership, framed rules and policies. Initially named as National Domestic Workers Trade Union Federation, it changed its name into National Domestic Workers Federation (NDWF) in 2014. 

By April 2017, NDWF has 15 union affiliates, they are:

  1. Jharkhand Gharelu Kaamgar Union
  2. All Meghalaya Domestic Workers Union
  3. Nikhila Odisha Gruha Mazdoor Sabha
  4. Madya Pradesh Gharelu Kamkaji Trade Union
  5. Rashtriya Gharelu Kamkaji Mahila Shramik Sangatan
  6. Maharashtra Rajya Gharkamgar Union
  7. Tamil Nadu Veetuvelai Thozhilalargal Sangam
  8. Rajasthan Gharelu Kamgar Sangh, Kota
  9. Bihar Gharelu Kamgar Union
  10. Delhi Domestic Workers Union
  11. Nagaland Domestic Workers Union
  12. Kollam District Domestic Workers Union
  13. Goa Domestic Workers Union
  14. Bangalore Domestic Workers Trade Union
  15. Gharelu Kamgar s Union


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