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Nicaragua: It is necessary that domestic workers are organized in unions, according to the Labour Minister

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by IDWFED published Mar 23, 2012 12:00 AM
Contributors: Giorgio Trucchi/TerceraInformación
With the aim of informing on their labor rights and elevating the employability level, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Work organized a Forum directed to the women workers of the remunerated domestic sector.

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NICARAGUA -

With the aim of informing on their labor rights and elevating the employability level, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Work organized a Forum directed to the women workers of the remunerated domestic sector.

In Nicaragua and the rest of Latin America, this sector – besides being strongly invisible – lacks organization and information about his rights.

“Our government works for the restitution of rights of all the people and with much more reason, of all these women workers. We have met with them to be able to show them which are their labor rights and wage, and the laws that protect them”, said the Secretary of Labor, Jeannette Chávez.

According to Chávez, an immense majority of women workers of the remunerated domestic sector in Nicaragua, besides realizing debilitating days of work, not even gains the minimum wage – that at the moment is about 3,000 Córdobas (130 dollars) –, nor contributes to the Social Security (INSS), which totally leaves them unprotected concerning the access to health and retirement services.

In light of this situation, Chávez explained that she already informed President Daniel Ortega of the new Convention on decent work for domestic workers, adopted by the ILO during the 100th Conference realised last year in Geneva.

The Convention 189, which determined for the first time in history international labor standards destined to improve the labor conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers in the world, was approved with 396 votes in favor, 16 votes against and 63 abstentions. Also the Recommendations were approved with 434 votes in favor.

“Being ratified by Nicaragua, this new Convention of the ILO would end the extensive and debilitating days of work of the women of this sector, and would thus determine their workday to 8 hours, comparing it with the other sectors”, said Chávez.

This Forum gave also occasion for the adolescents who work in this sector – younger than 18 years – to know which are their rights, for example the guaranteed access to education, a worktime not exceeding 30 hours weekly, as well as being able to present any type of complaint before work inspectors, among others.

Concerning the adolescents, the Ministry of Work has taken care of several cases of sexual harassment. “We have explained the importance of presenting the complaints before this instance, because we are going to guarantee them the total endorsement and support in this process”, assured the Secretary of Labor.

“It has been a very enriching encounter for all. We had the opportunity to get into contact with the reality of these workers and they were more empowered, with more knowledge and with much more clarity where to go in case of the violation of their rights.

In addition, it is necessary that this sector organizes in unions, to have another organizational endorsement that guards their rights and interest”, she concluded.

Read this article in Spanish.

Source: Giorgio Trucchi/TerceraInformación

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