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published Sep 04, 2014 11:25 AM

UK: A step back into Victorian-era slavery for UK domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 01:43 PM

Tying the visas of domestic workers to one employer means they will not be able to flee ill treatment for fear of being deported

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South Africa: A Reflection on the Ratification Process by Myrtle Witbooi

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 01:52 PM

We have had several meetings in South Africa with our labour caucus, including our Portfolio Committee on Labour, Minister of Labour and some of our political parties. They all support that the Government must ratify convention 189. We all were so exited we could not wait.

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Global: Three unionists shared their experiences on domestic workers activities & campains for ratification of ILO instruments

Global: Three unionists shared their experiences on domestic workers activities & campains for ratification of ILO instruments

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:42 PM

Since the adoption in june 2011 of the the Convention 189 (C 189)and the Recommendation 201 (R 201)for domestic workers by government , worker and employer delegates of the ILO, ,Unions in collaborration with ILO-Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV) have many activities for the promotition of these two ILO instruments at the state and regional levels .In the following interwiew, three unionists shared their experiences about this issue. ACTRAV INFO met with Ms. Marieke Koning, Equality Officer at International trade union confederation (ITUC), Ms. Barbro Budin, Gender & Equality Officer and Trade Union Development Officer at International union federation (IUF) and Elizabeth Tang, International Coordinator at International Domestic Workers’ Network (IDWN).

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Ireland: Migrant Domestic Workers Call on Government to Ratify ILO Convention

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 06:05 PM

Hundreds of migrant women employed as domestic workers in Ireland are demanding their dignity on International Women’s Day.

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Antigua and Barbuda: Union calls on government to ratify convention 189

Antigua and Barbuda: Union calls on government to ratify convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 02:27 PM

On the occasion of International Women's day commemorated today, a trade unionist here has called on government to ratify the ILO Convention 189, which speaks to decent work and domestic workers.

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Asia: Urgent Action to urge the Government of the Philippines to ratify C189 within the next 3 months

Asia: Urgent Action to urge the Government of the Philippines to ratify C189 within the next 3 months

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 09:52 PM

On March 8, representatives from IDWN, Global Network-Asia, Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and Amnesty International in Manila, met with the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines.

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Bolivia: Federation of Domestic Workers of Bolivia calls for immediate ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 07, 2015 03:48 PM

Almost one year after its adoption, this convention has not been ratified yet by Bolivia nor by any other country, in spite of having received 396 votes in favor, among them, the one of Bolivia. This norm establishes that millions of domestic workers will be able to have the same basic rights as other workers, including reasonable working hours, weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours, a limit to payments in species, clear information on the terms and the conditions of the employment, as well as the respect to the principles and fundamental labor rights, including those of union freedom and collective negotiation.

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Germany: World Day of Prayer 2012 - Prayerful Action for Domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 08:41 PM

In the international ecumenical movement “World Day of Prayer” praying together and acting in solidarity go together: informed prayer and prayerful action. Women active in World Day of Prayer (WDP) work are committed to learn and to strive for wisdom. They are also encouraged to take responsible action that grows out of the worship service and its theme, and that is wisely discerned and appropriate for those who engage in it.

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USA: Be The Help - Win Rights and Respect for Domestic Workers

USA: Be The Help - Win Rights and Respect for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:16 PM

A Public Statement of the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) to the Department of Labor of the U. S. government in support of the newly proposed regulations to bring overtime and minimum-wage protections to two million home-care workers in the country, and to provide basic record-keeping protections for live-in domestic workers.

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Netherlands: Solidarity Action with the Cleaners and Domestic Workers in The Netherlands

Netherlands: Solidarity Action with the Cleaners and Domestic Workers in The Netherlands

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 04:44 PM

In The Netherlands the domestic workers are also part of the cleaners industry. At the moment they are walking together with the cleaners in the streets for a new collective agreement. They are also covered by it, but only domestic workers under agencies, this time they want to cover also domestic workers under individual employers which is the majority in The Netherlands, Rebeca Pabon reports.

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