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by IDWFED published Feb 11, 2015 09:06 PM
Mayday for domestic Workers: Why the demand for domestic workers' rights must be heard

Mayday for domestic Workers: Why the demand for domestic workers' rights must be heard

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 06:10 PM

More than half of all work carried out by the world's population is domestic care work. So this International Workers Day on 1 May, maybe it's a good time to ask: why do domestic workers have so few rights? And why is no one speaking up about it?

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USA: If You Want Better Rights For Domestic Workers, Organize The Parents

USA: If You Want Better Rights For Domestic Workers, Organize The Parents

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 27, 2015 06:40 PM

Hand in Hand, an organization that focuses on the people who employ domestic workers, launched “My Home is Someone’s Workplace,” a project aimed at getting the parents and other employers who hire nannies, home health aides, and housekeepers to sign a pledge toward fair labor practices and offer them a checklist of things they can do to get there. “The goal of the campaign is both for employers to recognize the fact [that they are employers] and to shift the conversation around labor,” Danielle Feris, Hand in Hand’s director, told ThinkProgress, “and also to implement the law,” New York State’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, passed in 2010. It even aims to go beyond what’s in the law and emphasize things not covered, like regular check ins and evaluations, cost of living raises and bonuses, and health care and worker’s compensation coverage.

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USA: Bill of rights for domestic workers considered

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 31, 2015 03:35 PM

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would establish labor standards for domestic workers, including nannies and house cleaners. A public hearing is planned on Tuesday before the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee on legislation that would create a so-called bill of rights for domestic workers.

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Yes, we did it! Domestic Workers Launch an International Federation

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 06, 2015 04:47 PM

“Yes we did it!”, a statement that best captures the jubilant mood on the last day of the Founding Congress of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) in 2013. It is also the title of a new book launched at that Congress, which tells the story of how domestic workers organised to win the Domestic Workers Convention, C189, at the International Labour Conference (ILC) of the ILO on 16 June 2011. Just over two years later, domestic workers have done it again. Another milestone has been achieved through the formation of a fully constituted, democratic federation of 48 membership-based domestic workers’ organisations representing around 300 000 domestic workers globally. This will ensure that the Convention is not forgotten, and that the struggle for “decent work for domestic workers’ continues in a coordinated and sustained manner.

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USA: Khobragade's Arrest. Hold diplomats accountable. Justice for domestic workers.

USA: Khobragade's Arrest. Hold diplomats accountable. Justice for domestic workers.

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 10:23 PM

The International Domestic Worker Federation calls for your urgent actions to support Sangeeta Richard, a domestic worker of Indian diplomat in the USA Dr. Devyani Khobragade. IDWF, together with our affiliate, the NDWA in the US, want to claim justice for the domestic worker.

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IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

IDWF Statement on December 18 - The International Migrants Day 2013

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 12, 2015 05:03 PM

Today, domestic workers make up the main bulk of all international women migrants and the number is still rising. On December 18, the International Migrants Day, we pay special tribute to migrant domestic workers who have made huge sacrifices for the sake of their families and loved ones – so that their children can go to schools, the sick treated, battered houses fixed and so on and so forth.

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USA: Domestic Workers Deserve Protection - Hold Diplomats Like Khobragade to Account

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 09:43 PM

Last Tuesday, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney announced the arrest of Devyani Khobragade, a prominent Indian diplomat, for allegedly falsifying documents related to the domestic worker she employed through an A-3 visa, who has come forward with details about low pay and poor labor conditions at Khobragade’s home.

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Labor Rights for All: The Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 12, 2015 05:37 PM

Women from forty countries—nannies, housecleaners, community organizers and trade unionists—gathered in Uruguay at the end of October to establish the first global federation of domestic workers. There were few television cameras, no celebrities to give a keynote speech, no large commitments of donor aid. In fact there were none of the trappings of the numerous international conferences to fight the enormous social ills of forced labor, trafficking and labor exploitation.

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USA: California Governor Signs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

USA: California Governor Signs Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 17, 2015 05:31 PM

Early Thursday afternoon on the West Coast, Governor Jerry Brown tweeted a message: “Today, I signed a bill to help California’s domestic workers.”

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USA: Gov. Brown signs bill making domestic workers eligible for overtime

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 17, 2015 04:46 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a bill that would make nannies, private healthcare aides and other domestic workers in California eligible for overtime pay.

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USA: Big Win for Caring Across Generations: A Lesson for Labor & Community?

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 17, 2015 05:38 PM

This year’s meeting of the nation’s largest labor federation, the AFL-CIO, was hailed as historic for many reasons. There were more women and people of color participating than ever before, lots of first-of-a-kind resolutions on things like incarceration and immigration, and lots of welcoming of non-union workers like domestic workers to the big, old labor family. But what does being part of the family mean?

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USA: The California Senate Passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: The California Senate Passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 18, 2015 04:58 PM

We’ve got wonderful news! The California State Senate passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, AB 241! This vote gets us one step closer to extending equal labor rights to domestic workers in California. If signed by the Governor, AB 241 would provide all domestic workers who care for California’s homes and families with some of the basic labor protections they have been denied for decades. Today’s victory is part of a broad movement to win dignity, respect, and labor protections for the domestic workers who make all other work possible in the United States.

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Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWN Chair, talks about why she is at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

Global: Myrtle Witbooi, IDWN Chair, talks about why she is at the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 23, 2016 03:17 PM

Myrtle Witbooi of Capetown, IDWN Chair, said she came to emphasize the fact that "domesticworkers are just like any other workers, and deserving of the same rights and respect." Myrtle said another goal was to build support for C189, the international Convention of rights concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

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USA: Elevate the status of domestic workers at AFL-CIO convention

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 01:33 PM

In particular, there is an attempt to attract and to elevate the status of domestic workers in the U.S. as a potential source of future strength and influence. That effort includes bringing together international domestic worker leadership from as far away as South Africa and Hong Kong.

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USA: Domestic workers urge CA lawmakers to pass Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: Domestic workers urge CA lawmakers to pass Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 01:17 PM

On Tuesday, a group of domestic workers and their allies gathered at the AFL-CIO Quadrennial Convention to ask California State Senators to pass AB 241, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The bill was passed by the state’s assembly in May. Similar legislation has passed both the California Senate and Assembly in 2006 and in 2012 and was vetoed by Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown. “Now is the time for domestic workers to be protected equally under the law,” said Lourdes Pablo, of the California Domestic Workers Coalition.

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Global: Domestic Workers Receive 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

Global: Domestic Workers Receive 2013 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award at AFL-CIO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 22, 2016 11:21 PM

Recognizing the hardships faced by many domestic workers across the globe, the International Domestic Workers' Network (IDWN) was formed in 2006 to provide a voice for the voiceless and a face for the oftentimes invisible workers who clean homes, care for children, the elderly and assist those in need.

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Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

Landmark treaty for domestic workers comes into force

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:37 PM

The International Labour Organization’s Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189) comes into force on 5 September 2013, extending basic labour rights to domestic workers around the globe.

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C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

C189 - "The work that makes all work possible" finally recognised by international law

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:26 PM

It’s probably the biggest social movement that you've never heard of. Unless, of course, you are one of the millions of activists directly involved. But the world's "invisible workforce" is finally coming out of the shadows. As of 5 September, the historic Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers, also known as the Domestic Workers Convention, No. 189, comes into force.

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Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

Domestic workers celebrate rights breakthrough

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 03:11 PM

Campaigners are celebrating the long-awaited ratification of a treaty on labour rights for domestic workers that will offer protection to millions of employees worldwide.

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Landmark UN labour treaty extends rights for domestic workers worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 01:47 PM

A United Nations treaty entering into force today will extend the labour and social rights of some 53 million domestic workers around the world.

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USA: Assembly Bill 241 Will Improve Conditions for Domestic Workers

USA: Assembly Bill 241 Will Improve Conditions for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 20, 2015 03:23 PM

Of course, I disagree with Raul Carranza’s opposition to my Assembly Bill 241, the Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights, but he does identify one key fact: Many people with disabilities are able to lead independent lives and pursue careers because of domestic workers. In addition, domestic workers allow a lot of California’s economy to function, because people can go to work knowing their loved ones – their children or aging parents – are being cared for. However, Carranza suggests that raising domestic worker wages is a threat to this situation.

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USA: An Employer Speaks About Why She Cares About the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

USA: An Employer Speaks About Why She Cares About the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 26, 2015 05:09 PM

Three months after my second child was born, I began preparing to go back to work three days a week. When I couldn’t find a nearby day care center that had a part-time program, I decided to look for a nanny. As I started to interview people, I had several questions. Do I trust this person to care for my child? What can we afford to pay? Does the schedule work for both of us? I also started to ask myself difficult questions about myself. How can I be a good employer? How do I balance my obligations to my employee with my obligations to my family? And, is it possible for me to be a responsible employer even if I can’t afford to pay the salary I know my employee deserves?

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USA: Domestic worker labour leader said federal victory is in sight

USA: Domestic worker labour leader said federal victory is in sight

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 29, 2015 03:53 PM

A key leader in the movement to raise labor standards for domestic workers expects a long-awaited federal rule change to soon become law. Ai-Jen Poo, who founded and directs the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told The Nation in an interview last week that the new regulations would be “one of the most significant victories for low-wage workers of this administration.” Citing supportive comments by Vice President Joe Biden at a June event celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the confirmation of a new secretary of labor in July, Poo said she hopes to see the process completed this month.

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House of Horrors - Labour Trafficking in Domestic Workers

House of Horrors - Labour Trafficking in Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2015 05:18 PM

You are one of the hundreds, maybe thousands of migrant women workers who have left their families at home to care for someone else’s, only to be trafficked into domestic servitude. The International Labor Organization, Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, and other human-rights advocacy organizations have compiled report after report about human trafficking and migrant domestic-worker abuse around the world. Forced overtime, degrading living conditions, withholding of pay and identity documents, threats, emotional abuse, and even physical and sexual assault are so common in the migrant domestic-worker population that each case almost mirrors the last. While the stories surrounding workers in the Middle East tend to be severe, the elements that make workers vulnerable, like employer sponsorship and lack of protections or recognition for their work, are not unique to the Gulf.

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USA: Hawaii becomes 2nd State to pass a Domestic Worker bill

USA: Hawaii becomes 2nd State to pass a Domestic Worker bill

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2015 06:23 PM

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a domestic workers bill of rights Monday, making Hawaii the second U.S. state to give nannies, housekeepers and others protections on wages and other labor issues.

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USA: The Senate passed an Immigration Reform Bill for millions, including domestic workers

USA: The Senate passed an Immigration Reform Bill for millions, including domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 30, 2015 06:41 PM

The Senate has taken a big step forward toward immigration reform. The bill they passed contains a road map to citizenship for millions of families – including domestic workers. Domestic workers do the work that makes all other work possible. This is a moment to transform that reality, to fully welcome the many people who make our nation what it is today, so that they may continue to strengthen us toward the future.

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USA: THE CARETAKER - A tender relationship between a caregiver and an elderly woman

USA: THE CARETAKER - A tender relationship between a caregiver and an elderly woman

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 31, 2015 02:28 PM

his Op-Doc video explores the relationship between an immigrant caretaker and an elderly woman in the last months of her life. Joesy, a Fijian immigrant, works long hours providing live-in care for 95-year-old Haru Tsurumoto in Sonoma County, Calif. Through intimate and quiet scenes, we explore Joesy’s complex relationship with Haru. The two respect each other in part because each has experienced being an outsider in the United States — Joesy as an undocumented immigrant who fears she could be sent back to Fiji, and Haru as a Japanese-American who was sent to an internment camp during the Second World War.

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Ten million child labourers in domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:37 PM

An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people’s homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls. According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly. Vulnerable to physical, psychological and sexual violence and abusive working conditions, they are often isolated from their families, hidden from the public eye and become highly dependent on their employers. Many might end up being commercially sexually exploited.

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Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

Now to End Child Labour in Domestic Work

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 03, 2015 04:33 PM

“To eliminate child labor, governments cannot ignore the children working in private homes,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Many of these children are paid a pittance, if at all, and often suffer abuse and overwork. Governments can help these children by ratifying the Domestic Workers Convention.”

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Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the C189 and the International Domestic Workers' Day on June 16

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 06, 2015 07:00 PM

On June 16, we will celebrate the second anniversary of the C189 with 7 countries already having ratified the Convention: Uruguay, Philippines, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Italy, Paraguay and Bolivia. The IDWN will join with domestic workers, members of trade unions and other organizations to mobilize and act on this special day to remind each and every government to ratify and implement the Convention: "Domestic Workers are Workers. Ratify C189 Now!"

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