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South Africa: Domestic worker takes Phat Joe to CCMA

South Africa: Domestic worker takes Phat Joe to CCMA

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 15, 2016 04:11 PM

TAKING celebrity and radio personality, Phat Joe, to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for allegedly firing his domestic worker via SMS must send a clear message to employers that domestic workers’ rights cannot be abused.

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Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers want some real support

Trinidad and Tobago: Domestic workers want some real support

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 23, 2016 04:58 PM

Ida Le Blanc, General Secretary National Union of Domestic Employees (N.U.D.E.) was interviewed by itciloTV talking about the situation and struggle of domestic workers in Trinidad and Tobago.

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USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

USA: Victory in Massachusetts! NDWA Affiliate, Matahari, protected au pairs rights and the domestic workers' law!

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 13, 2016 04:16 PM

On March 14, domestic worker leaders from Matahari attended a State House hearing on H.B. 4053, a bill that sought to exclude au pairs from the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Law, passed in 2014. It aimed to take away critical labor rights and protections from this group of domestic workers, creating an underclass of childcare providers, and undercutting the childcare industry as a whole.

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Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

Global: 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection, says ILO

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 21, 2016 05:08 PM

60 million of the world’s 67 million domestic workers still do not have access to any kind of social security coverage, says a new ILO study entitled “Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics ”.

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Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

Global: We celebrate domestic worker leaders around the world on International Women's Day

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 05:32 PM

This year, in celebration of March 8th International Women’s Day, we’re excited to introduce you to some of our new leaders across the IDWF. The IDWF is proud to be led by them. With such organizing, our future is hopeful. On this International Women’s Day, we salute these leaders and the many contributions they are bringing to the movement.

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Pakistan: Senate passes Domestic Workers Bills

Pakistan: Senate passes Domestic Workers Bills

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 22, 2016 04:00 PM

The Senate on Monday passed a bill to protect and regulate the right of domestic workers [The Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill-2015], as reported by the Standing Committee, unanimously.

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Kenya: Profile of Ruth Khakame

Kenya: Profile of Ruth Khakame

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:23 PM

Ruth Khakame is a rising domestic worker leader in KUDHEIHA (Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers. She has been a domestic worker for 7 years. She joined the union in 2013 in the Nairobi branch, in 2014 she was elected chairperson of the National Council of Domestic Workers in KUDHEIHA, and she is a board member of KUDHEIHA representing the sector.

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Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

Thailand: Profile of Kyan Par

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 06:11 PM

One will be amazed by how Burmese domestic workers are organized in Thailand. Kyan Par joined the Network of Domestic Workers in Thailand in Dec 2014, and was soon elected as the President of the Network of Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW) in Thailand.

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Italy: Profile of Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez

Italy: Profile of Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 05:39 PM

IDWF is happy to welcome Wendy Paula Galarza Quinonez as a replacement for Giuliana Mesina on the Executive Committee. Giuliana has had to step down from her ExCo role due to other responsibilities and FILCAMS has nominated Wendy.

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Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar

Mexico: Profile of Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 07, 2016 05:23 PM

Ana Laura Aquino Gaspar, born October 23, 1975 in Mexico City to parents from Oaxaca, a southern Mexican state. She began working as a domestic worker at the age of 13 for a 3 member family where she didn’t even have a place to sleep other than the floor of the living room. Ana Laura worked in various household with families that did not treat her well, she faced discrimination, violation of her rights, and child labor exploitation with overwork and very long days.

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USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

USA: Profile of Gilda Blanco and Allison Julien

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Gilda Blanco is a housecleaner who came to the United States in 2008 from Livingston, Guatemala — the cradle of Garifuna culture in the region. Allison Julien migrated from Barbados and has been a nanny in New York City for 25 years.

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Mexico: Domestic Workers Organize to Fight for Their Rights

Mexico: Domestic Workers Organize to Fight for Their Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Apr 11, 2016 06:12 PM

One of Mexico's largest informal labor sectors is that of home or domestic workers, which amounts to nearly 3.5 million people and 95% are women. This sector is considered to be almost invisible in terms of its rights being guaranteed and protected. However one civil organization has struggled for years to finally win a legal victory that has now granted this sector a formal labor union, an unprecedented reality for Mexico.

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UK: Help protect domestic workers - Tell the Parliament to end the tied visa

UK: Help protect domestic workers - Tell the Parliament to end the tied visa

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 04, 2016 05:53 PM

Support the campaign to end the tied visa system in the UK, which is a campaign also by Justice for domestic workers (J4DW), a membership-based organization of domestic workers in the UK.

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Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

Hong Kong: "Strangers at Home" - selected stories and photos available online

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 18, 2016 09:02 PM

The award winning book "Strangers at Home" (外傭—住在家中的陌生人) explores the lives of migrant domestic workers who go to Hong Kong to work and the impact on this migration on their families back home. The book features a series of personal stories and photo essays from both Hong Kong and the Philippines, as well as a series of interviews with employers and experts.

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Indonesia: IDWF statement on the abuse cases of domestic workers Siti Sri Marni and other 3 workers

Indonesia: IDWF statement on the abuse cases of domestic workers Siti Sri Marni and other 3 workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 15, 2016 09:52 PM

We are shocked and agitated to learn the recent abuse cases of domestic workers in Indonesia. Siti Sri Marni and other 3 domestic workers E, M and W escaped on 8 Feb 2016 after 12 or more years of serious abuses by their employer Meta Hasan Musdalifah in Jakarta, Indonesia. We, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF), join with JALAPRT, the National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy on the National Domestic Workers Day to call upon the Indonesian government to adopt the Domestic Workers Bill.

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Indonesia: PRT Torment by Employer, Evidence that, Absent Government Give Protection, said Jala PRT

Indonesia: PRT Torment by Employer, Evidence that, Absent Government Give Protection, said Jala PRT

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 03, 2016 05:01 PM

National Network for Domestic Workers Advocacy (Jala PRT) assess the atrocity that often do employers of domestic workers is evidence of the absence of the state's role in providing protection.

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Indonesia: JALA PRT Statement on Occurrence of Violence against domestic workers

Indonesia: JALA PRT Statement on Occurrence of Violence against domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 03, 2016 05:00 PM

Cases of violence above is one of a row of cases of domestic workers in the country. These cases show how inhumane treatment of domestic workers, as well as the absence of State protection to domestic workers. Cases of torture, confinement - Recurrent slavery continues. But there is no legal process or mild punishment of the perpetrators so it does not become a permanent lesson can be free and repeated actions.

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Latin America: For domestic workers, a push for rights gains ground

Latin America: For domestic workers, a push for rights gains ground

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 15, 2016 04:28 PM

Organized groups of domestic workers have been fighting for employment contracts, health care, pensions, and other protections.

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India: There's no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do, says a domestic worker

India: There's no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do, says a domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 03, 2016 09:52 PM

Previously I was known as a domestic worker—I was embarrassed to tell my fellow classmates. But my trainers and classmates treated me equally once they found out my role of work. There’s no reason I should be ashamed of what work I do—I am much more than just what I am employed as. I am a daughter. I am proud. I am encouraged. I am a sister.

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Singapore: NTUC launches centre to help domestic workers

Singapore: NTUC launches centre to help domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 25, 2016 09:59 PM

It will give advice on employment issues, provide mediation and run helpline too.

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Global: ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" in 2016

Global: ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers" in 2016

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 24, 2016 04:04 PM

Do you want to know how to make decent work a reality for domestic workers in your country? Apply now for ITC-ILO Training on "Decent Work for Domestic Workers".

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Singapore: New minimum wage for Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers

Singapore: New minimum wage for Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Feb 02, 2016 04:58 PM

Employers will have to pay at least $550 a month to employ a Filipino domestic worker, up from $500 - the first rise in three years.

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Lebanon: Employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship

Lebanon: Employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 21, 2016 06:27 PM

The latest nationwide survey with employers of domestic workers in Lebanon (2015) revealed that many employers have inaccurate and incorrect knowledge about the regulations governing their work relationship, and this also influences their behavior with the worker.

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UK: Sara's Story of Domestic Slavery

UK: Sara's Story of Domestic Slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Mar 04, 2016 05:08 PM

Like hundreds of others, Sara, an Indian national, came to the UK to work for a wealthy family as a domestic worker. Instead she found herself trapped in the nightmare of domestic slavery.

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USA: The experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today

USA: The experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 28, 2016 04:38 PM

To National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo, the experience of caregivers in the US underscores inequality today. The solution? A social movement.

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UK: Domestic workers abused in London -"She took the iron and pressed it on my hand"

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:29 PM

Filipino workers suffer shocking abuse at the hands of wealthy Gulf employers staying in London, but fear of being deported prevents them reporting it.

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UK: "I was just a slave" - The foreign domestic workers living a life of five-star serfdom in London

UK: "I was just a slave" - The foreign domestic workers living a life of five-star serfdom in London

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:29 PM

They live in some of London’s most exclusive locations, cooking, cleaning and caring for the children of a rich foreign elite. But for many overseas domestic workers, the veneer of reflected glamour conceals a much darker world, one in which they are denied a passport, salary, food and even sleep while working 20-hour days.

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UK: Visa policy "increasing abuse" of foreign domestic workers, says damning review

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 13, 2016 09:30 PM

Tied visas that restrict domestic workers to one employer and limit their stay in the UK have left women vulnerable to slavery and abuse, review reveals.

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USA: Beyond survival - moving to end domestic labour trafficking

USA: Beyond survival - moving to end domestic labour trafficking

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 25, 2016 04:43 PM

Ending labour trafficking requires us to elevate the voices of survivors and collaborate across state and policy lines to ensure accountability.

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Global: New Year message from Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President & Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary

Global: New Year message from Myrtle Witbooi, IDWF President & Elizabeth Tang, IDWF General Secretary

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 17, 2016 05:14 PM

The last year was an extremely important year for IDWF. It was a year of rapid growth, both in terms of membership size and leadership formation. It was evident as domestic worker leaders came together at regional workshops and meetings to discuss strategies, share stories, and make plans. The IDWF became better known and we are working together with increasing numbers of trade unions and other allies.

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