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Belgium: The legalized Belgian domestic workers sector will organize social elections in their companies

Belgium: The legalized Belgian domestic workers sector will organize social elections in their companies

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by IDWFED published Mar 30, 2016 12:00 AM
This year, the sector of the ‘dienstencheques’, which is the legalized Belgian domestic workers sector, will organize social elections in their companies. The social elections are a process for the ‘dienstencheques’ workers to elect their job stewards for the next 4 years.

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This year, the sector of the ‘dienstencheques’, which is the legalized Belgian domestic workers sector, will organize social elections in their companies. The social elections are a process for the ‘dienstencheques’ workers to elect their job stewards for the next 4 years.


From left to right:
Pasquina Anglani, Pia Stalpaert (President ACV Voeding en Diensten), Nancy Tas.
Background: domestic workers

The sector was created in 2004, and the election of leaders in as many companies as possible is part of strengthening and sustaining the sector. The ‘dienstencheques’ sector is one of the sectors with the most female workers in Belgium.

In March 2016, our organization ACV Voeding en Diensten, introduced hundreds of women candidates all over the country to become the spokesperson of the workers in their companies.

In April, these women will organize their own campaigns and try to be persuasive enough to convince all voters.

Finally, in May, no less than 100.000 dienstencheques workers will have the opportunity to elect their job stewards. Those elected will be trained and given the information needed to take these very important responsibilities, as for the next four years they will make all their co-workers’ voices be heard. This Belgian job stewards structure could be a model for domestic workers all over the world by showing how to create a support system and a strong women’s network.

Source: Karin Pape

Story Type: News

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