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India: "Rate Card" Sets Minimum Standards on Domestic Work

India: "Rate Card" Sets Minimum Standards on Domestic Work

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by IDWFED published Oct 13, 2012 12:00 AM
The Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of a complex in Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR), New Delhi, India issued attachments to all owners of apartments in the condominium for their feedback or suggestion on the “Rate Card” which is to be implemented in the complex.

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By Mehru Vesuvala

The Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of a complex in Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR), New Delhi, India issued attachments to all owners of apartments in the condominium for their feedback or suggestion on the “Rate Card” which is to be implemented in the complex.

The “Rate Card” has been negotiated between representatives of employers and domestic workers employees on rates and guideline policies for hiring domestic workers. The main points are as follows:

1. The rates are different for different apartment sizes. Those who live in a bigger apartment have to pay more to their domestic worker for each chore he/she has to perform.

2. The number of persons a domestic worker is required to work for is restricted to 3 (2 adults and a child below 5 years of age). The employer has to pay more for every extra person in his household for whom the domestic worker has to do household tasks for as per the agreed rates.

3. Holidays with full pay are clearly outlined. 24 days off in the year at rate of 2 days per month/4 days paid sick leave/2 additional days for celebrating the festival of their choice and/1 day for the India Independence Day holiday on 15th Aug. This means a total of 31 days off for the worker in the year.

4. Termination notice of 15 days is to be given by both parties except in case of theft or other serious misdemeanors.

5. Hiring of child labour (as per Indian Government definition of children below 15 years) is clearly mentioned as “illegal”.

6. Most domestic workers’ in apartment complexes are women and they typically work in 3 to 4 homes on a “part time” basis and can enjoy a reasonable income to support their families and supplement the salaries of their husband’s.

In conclusion, this is only a small beginning and is only an initiative by residents of an apartment condominium.  The rates are from India’s point of view, is pretty good, for the mean time.

When it is possible for domestic workers to earn salaries in India equivalent to what they earn in the Gulf; and they can stay in their own country and enjoy better terms and conditions, domestic workers will have more flexibility to decide where they want to work.

  • For a full version of the “Rate Card” in India, please click HERE >>>

Source: Mehru Vesuvala

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