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Global: It's time to end modern slavery

Global: It's time to end modern slavery

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:42 PM

Call on your government to ratify the protocol to end forced labour.

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Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

Global: October 7 – World Day for Decent Work

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

Stand up for the right to fair migration and Decent Work for all!

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Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

Global: ILO launches global media competition on labour migration

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its first-ever global media competition on labour migration issues. Competition to encourage fair reporting on labour migration by recognizing the best media coverage and accurate reporting on the topic.

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Argentina: Domestic Workers Secure Historic Collective Wage Agreement

Argentina: Domestic Workers Secure Historic Collective Wage Agreement

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 05, 2015 02:57 PM

Domestic workers have closed their first collective wage negotiations in a historic agreement at the Employment Ministry, achieving a pay increase of 28%.

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USA: Why 100 women walked 100 miles

USA: Why 100 women walked 100 miles

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 08:45 PM

Ai-jen Poo: 100 immigrant women walked from Pennsylvania to D.C. during Pope's visit to urge leaders to turn Pope's message to action. She says the women want a pathway to legal status in the country where they now labor; to be free to be proud members of society.

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India: Delhi Gov Will Draft Comprehensive Bill on Protection for Domestic Workers

India: Delhi Gov Will Draft Comprehensive Bill on Protection for Domestic Workers

by Fish Ip — last modified Apr 05, 2017 05:29 PM

Upon advocacy and request by the Delhi Platform of Domestic Workers, the Delhi government is working towards a domestic workers bill. It is planned that it will cover regulation of employment agencies, wage payment, welfare, health, insurance, education of child domestic workers.

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USA:  100 Women Will Keep Walking Until the Pope's Call Is Answered

USA: 100 Women Will Keep Walking Until the Pope's Call Is Answered

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 16, 2015 03:11 PM

After the 100 mile pilgrimage, announcing a commitment to dignity for migrants.

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Ghana: Domestic Services Workers Union received Trade Union Registration Certificate

Ghana: Domestic Services Workers Union received Trade Union Registration Certificate

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 06, 2015 10:04 PM

Domestic Services Workers Union received their Trade Union Registration Certificate on Sept 22.

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Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

Global: Launch of My Fair Home campaign targets domestic workers' employers to improve working conditions

by IDWFED — last modified Jun 10, 2016 03:41 PM

A campaign to improve the working conditions of domestic workers throughout Asia by reaching out to their employers will be launched on Friday 25 September, in Bangkok.

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Hong Kong: A Pair of Hands Never Tired - Domestic worker Bobo received Unionist Award

Hong Kong: A Pair of Hands Never Tired - Domestic worker Bobo received Unionist Award

by Fish Ip — last modified Dec 15, 2015 07:29 PM

During the 25 years' anniversary of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Bobo Lai-wan PO, leader of Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union, was one of the 13 unionists awarded as the Unionist who "do not acquiesce". Here's her story.

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Jordan: Domestic workers are set to celebrate the official formation of a worker rights network

Jordan: Domestic workers are set to celebrate the official formation of a worker rights network

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 19, 2015 07:12 PM

Domestic workers in Jordan are set to celebrate the official formation of a worker rights network that includes migrant workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

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Mexico: First-Ever Domestic Workers Union Launched

Mexico: First-Ever Domestic Workers Union Launched

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 19, 2015 06:43 PM

Dozens of union members and their allies from across Mexico gathered today to celebrate the official launch of the country’s first domestic workers’ union, SINACTTRAHO. The union’s formation culminated a 15-year struggle for rights on the job by those whose work often goes unrecognized, and today’s events marked the union filing for official government recognition.

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USA: For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

USA: For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 07, 2015 04:46 PM

An estimated 67,000 of them work in Massachusetts — equivalent to the employment in Boston’s finance industry. Most are treated fairly and paid lawfully by their employers. But because they toil behind closed doors, these workers are vulnerable to wage theft and other mistreatment, say legal advocates and law enforcement authorities. And for immigrants, who comprise about one-third of this work force, the challenges are greater. Many put in grueling hours and are paid less than minimum wage, while being denied basic rights like time off.

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Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

Global: Five ways to get along with your domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 31, 2015 06:43 PM

What many employers don't realise is that forging a closer relationship with their domestic workers can actually reap many benefits.

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Middle East: RAIN VIVI - Crowdsourced data to ensure social inclusion for domestic workers

Middle East: RAIN VIVI - Crowdsourced data to ensure social inclusion for domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 01, 2015 06:15 PM

RAIN VIVI (RApid INtervention & VIolence VIsualization) is a project that will promote justice for domestic workers using technology as a tool to provide data on the widespread abuse of domestic workers. This data will be publicly available and will be used to provide information of human rights violations in the Middle East to local governance institutions that have the capabilities to impact local conditions.

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Hong Kong: Domestic workers' groups demand for wage increase

Hong Kong: Domestic workers' groups demand for wage increase

by IDWFED — last modified Sep 02, 2015 09:30 PM

Sept 2, local domestic workers' groups had a meeting with the representatives from the Labour Department on the issue of wage increase.

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USA: Vote today for NDWA and help start strong to win up to $100,000 from CREDO

USA: Vote today for NDWA and help start strong to win up to $100,000 from CREDO

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 01, 2015 06:15 PM

NDWA's been selected by CREDO, the country’s only progressive phone company, to win up to $100,000 to support their work!

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USA: Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

USA: Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:57 PM

A new infographic from the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Domestic Workers Alliance about the home care industry.

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Bangladesh: Human Chain to protest torture on child domestic worker BEETHI

Bangladesh: Human Chain to protest torture on child domestic worker BEETHI

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 10, 2015 06:00 PM

Domestic Workers Rights Network- DWRN and Sramik Nirapotta Forum Bangladesh organised a Human Chain on 22 August afternoon at National Press club premises to protest torture on child domestic worker BEETHI (10). It is unfortunate that a child domestic worker of 10 years has been tortured in a Judicial Magistrate's house!

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USA: DC Court of Appeals rulled that home care workers are entitled to basic minimum wage

USA: DC Court of Appeals rulled that home care workers are entitled to basic minimum wage

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 24, 2015 04:09 PM

Big news for 2 million homecare workers nationwide: federal court rules in favor of overtime & minimum wage!

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USA: NDWA Applauds Appeals Court Decision Granting Two Million Home Care Workers Basic Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Oct 13, 2015 05:37 PM

Securing Basic Protections for Home Care Workers Is Crucial to Strengthening Critical, Growing Workforce

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Hong Kong: Filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to pay tribute to the city's unsung heroes --- domestic workers

Hong Kong: Filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to pay tribute to the city's unsung heroes --- domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 25, 2015 05:12 PM

Filmmakers, Joanna Bowers and Tony Verb, are raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign to porduce a documentary which will pay tribute to these women called THE HELPER.

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Hong Kong: Migrant Domestic Workers Tell Their Stories

Hong Kong: Migrant Domestic Workers Tell Their Stories

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 13, 2015 09:41 PM

Hear the stories from a Thai and a Nepalese domestic worker: their struggles and successes.

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Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

Global: Introducing Final 2015 Fairness Award Honoree - Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 03, 2015 02:38 PM

The Global Fairness Initiative just announced that Myrtle Witbooi, a leading labor rights activist on behalf of Domestic Workers, will be honored with the 2015 Fairness Award. Ms. Witbooi is the General Secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU) and the first president of the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). A former domestic worker during apartheid South Africa, her leadership helped secure passage of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (C. 189), marking unprecedented involvement of informal women workers in the ILO standard-setting process.

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Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Italy: Course On Decent Work for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 10, 2015 02:14 PM

Course on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Oct. 26-30, 2015 at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO) in Turin, Italy. Offered in English and Arabic. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Bangladesh: Human chain against torture on domestic workers

Bangladesh: Human chain against torture on domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 22, 2015 02:36 PM

On Aug 6, Domestic Workers Rights Network- DWRN Bangladesh organized a Human chain against torture on domestic workers.

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Bangladesh: Domestic workers need the law on their side

by ASM Ali Ashraf — last modified Jun 20, 2016 09:03 PM

More than 2 million poor women and children are employed as domestic workers in Bangladesh. It is a harsh reality that they operate in a legal and policy vacuum, a result of the national labour laws of 2006 and 2013, both of which exclude domestic workers from legal coverage.

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Macau: "Blue card" for non‑resident domestic workers automatically renewed

by IDWFED — last modified Aug 19, 2015 05:01 PM

The work permit, known as a blue card, for non-resident domestic workers will be automatically renewed from August on, the Human Resources Office of the Government announced on Saturday.

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Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

by IDWFED — last modified Jul 27, 2015 09:30 PM

"In some places, they earn as little as $9 a month. In others, they don't earn any salaries at all, so they are really like slaves," said Elizabeth Tang, General Secretary of the International Domestic Workers Federation.

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National Union of Domestic Workers of Trinidad and Tobago fighting for the rights of domestic workers

National Union of Domestic Workers of Trinidad and Tobago fighting for the rights of domestic workers

by Sofia Trevino — last modified May 16, 2016 05:09 PM

The National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) of Trinidad and Tobago is campaigning to secure recognition for domestic workers as workers under the Industrial Relations Act, organizing around a Caribbean-wide project to promote freedom of movement for domestic workers and promoting the ratification of Convention 189 (the Domestic Workers Convention) of the International Labor Organization.

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