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Antigua: New committee to work in the interest of domestic workers

Antigua: New committee to work in the interest of domestic workers

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by IDWFED published May 23, 2013 12:00 AM
While government is yet to ratify the ILO Convention 189, which speaks to the rights of a domestic worker, employees in this category are mobilising to take over their own affairs. A core committee is now in place to look about the interests of domestic workers on the island. The committee will operate within a section of the Antigua Trades & Labour Union (AT&LU).

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While government is yet to ratify the ILO Convention 189, which speaks to the rights of a domestic worker, employees in this category are mobilising to take over their own affairs.

A core committee is now in place to look about the interests of domestic workers on the island. The committee will operate within a section of the Antigua Trades & Labour Union (AT&LU).

According to general secretary of the union Alrick Daniel, the group is made of eight individuals.

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“The domestic workers among themselves nominated a steering committee which will meet this weekend to plan ahead,” Daniel said.

He added first on the agenda for the newly-formed committee will be the planning of one or more activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the adoption of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 189.

The AT&LU general secretary has been at the forefront of a two-year campaign to unionise those who perform work in other people’s households for pay.

According to Daniel, nearly 500 women in Antigua & Barbuda work as domestics in many households; some work part-time in several homes, and others sleep at their employers’ residences.

Daniel said though the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Code classifies domestics as workers entitled to all the rights and privileges of other workers, this group is not unionised and therefore many domestic workers do not enjoy all of their rights.

The union’s head also extends an invitation to all workers in this category to be a part of the core committee.

“We want to provide a very inclusive environment for this committee, because we must accept that the profile of our domestic workers is basically a lot of migrants,” he added.

Source: Theresa Gordon/Observer

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