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A Sample Letter to Send to Trade Unions National Centres (WEB)

by IDWFED published Jul 20, 2017 12:00 AM

A Sample Letter to Send to Trade Unions National Centres


To: The President/Chairperson

[Name of TUs/CSOs]


Re:  ILO Process Towards  a Convention on "Ending Violence and Harassment Against Women and Men in the World of Work”

On behalf of [name of your organization], I am writing to call on your solidarity with domestic workers in supporting an International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.

As an affiliate of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), we received information of the ILO Process and we are preparing ourselves to participate actively in it.  For too long, domestic workers have been suffering multiple forms of violence and harassment at work – that are often gender-based.  It is high time to have an international standard to stop it.  We want and are prepared to work closely with all sisters and brothers of all trade unions, under your leadership and the leadership of the ITUC to win this battle.

First and foremost, we would like you to send your reply to the ILO Questionnaire latest by September 22 which is the deadline, taking into consideration the specific situation and needs of domestic workers, in particular the migrant and live-in domestic workers.  Even though the ILO Convention 189, recognizes the employment relationship between individual household and domestic workers, the rational of “being part of family”, “a private house is not a workplace”, with which to avoid the recognition of domestic workers as workers and their employment relationship, is not an unusual argument in many societies up to today.  Therefore we would like you to include our comments in the replies to address these issues.  The major ones include the need to mention private homes under Questions 8, family members and their relatives/friends and employment agencies under Q.11 and home inspection under Q. 20.  These are just a few examples.

In order to give you our full comment to the Questionnaire, we would like to have a meeting with you and other leaders in the near future.  We will then let you know the campaign of the IDWF and discuss how we will coordinate and work together in our country and at the ILO.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

In Solidarity

[your signature]

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