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Uruguay: First Country to Ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 04:34 PM

Uruguay’s House of Representatives approved on 25 April 2012 the International Labour Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers. The ratification will have a significant impact on domestic workers rights in Uruguay and worldwide: C189 comes into force once two countries have ratified it. In other words, we are getting very close to safeguarding C189 as an international instrument.

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Mexico: 65.8% of the informal jobs created in the last 5 years

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 06:10 PM

In Mexico, between the last trimester of 2006 and the respective one of 2011, 65.8 percent of the new employments that were created was in the informal economy. Also unemployment grew 33.3 percent in that period, reaching the number of 2.7 million people, who added to those already in that condition, totalized almost nine million inhabitants.

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Costa Rica: A legislative dialogue on the ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 06:16 PM

In view of her experience and affinity with subjects regarding gender equity and to the social area, legislator Alicia Fournier Vargas was summoned by the Presidency of the Legislative Assembly to participate in an appointment in the Congress, to set out her points of view and to interchange impressions with Mr. Virgilio Levaggi, subregional director of the International Labor Organization (ILO), around the Law Project of Approval of the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers (Convention 189) analyzed under file 18335.

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Guinea: "We must protect the domestic workers who hold our life and our safety."

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 02:51 PM

“We must protect the domestic workers who hold our life and our safety” said Asmaou Bah, general secretary of the domestic workers' union SYNTRAD in an interview with In this conversation, she reconsidered the process of Convention 189 ratification by Guinea, the work conditions of domestic workers.

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Saudi Arabia: Manila firm on SAR 1,500 as domestic worker's salary

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 02:39 PM

Philippines Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago has expressed his disagreement with the decision of the recruitment committee to fix the salaries of the newly recruited domestic workers between SAR 600–800 per month.

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Spain: It is necessary that the Spanish Government ratifies Convention 189

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 06:26 PM

The Women's Secretary of the Working Commissions in the Valencian Community (CCOO-PV) and the Federation of Diverse Activities of CCOO-PV emphasize the benefits of the new regulation, concerning protection, benefits and wages. In spite of this, the union animates the employers to regularize the labor relation. The group of domestic workers of the CCOO, greets the International Day of Domestic Workers, the 30 of March. After almost 30 years of vindication organized by the unions CCOO and the General Workers Union UGT, it was obtained that in the Reformation of the Social Security (Law 27/2011), the Special Regime of Domestic Workers was integrated in the General Regime of the Social Security.

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Asia: 20 countries to adopt Pilippine initiatives to protect women, overseas workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 04:49 PM

Twenty countries will adopt Philippine initiatives to protect women and overseas Filipino workers, especially in crisis situations, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

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USA: Ai-jen Poo is one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 06:20 PM

Ai-jen Poo, the 38-year-old daughter of pro-democracy immigrants from Chiang Kai-shek's Taiwan, has been growing into that role ever since she was a student outraged by the stories of domestic workers, often immigrants or women of color, who labored long hours for low pay as maids, nannies and other household workers.

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USA: Domestic workers demand health insurance

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 04:53 PM

Within the framework of the revision of a new labor contract, domestic workers went to the traditional lavatory of feet, as Jesus did with the Prophets, in correspondence with the celebration of Christian Easter. One of the most important demands that the employees pertaining to the organization “Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego County (ICWJ)”, is regarding the health insurance. And it was indeed in this special ceremony that took place in the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, where employees and leaders expressed the demand for a collective treaty of just work.

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UAE: Commending UAE efforts against human trafficking, UN expert urges more to help victims

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 25, 2015 04:59 PM

A United Nations independent human rights expert urged the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) authorities – at Federal and Emirate level – to further concentrate on the plight of the victims of trafficking, while keeping up their fight against human trafficking.

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Lebanon: Domestic labour under scrutiny

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 02:56 PM

The suicide of an Ethiopian maid days after she was shown on video being roughed-up by her Lebanese handler is shining a harsh light on the region’s multibillion-dollar household labour industry.

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Mexico: JLCA insists to give respectful treatment to domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 03:05 PM

The president of the Local Conciliation and Arbitration Council (JLCA) of Mexico City, Ramon Montaño, called to the employers of domestic workers to conduct themselves with respect towards the domestic workers and to value what they contribute to a family.

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Mexico: ALDF Demands Ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 03:09 PM

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District ALDF will speak up for domestic workers (servants, cooks, gardeners, drivers, etc.) so that in the City they receive wages similar to the effort which they develop and that the benefits of law are given to them like the Federal Labor Law, because according to the INEGI there exist more than two million people who work in homes and who do not receive worthy wage, nor indemnification, Christmas allowance, right workdays and human treatment.

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Philippines: Overseas deployment of Filipino domestic workers continues to rise

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 02:44 PM

The deployment of domestic workers abroad “continues to soar” despite the government requirement that they should be paid a basic salary of $400 a month, a recruitment industry expert said Saturday.

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USA: Cast your vote today, for Ai-Jen!

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 04:52 PM

Will you help us bring the TIME readership into our movement for domestic workers rights and recognition by voting for Ai-jen today? Voting just takes a moment and will bring national attention to our work for domestic workers rights in California and beyond.

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Argentina: Domestic Workers are registered for Retirement Scheme, according to Minister of Labour

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 01:56 PM

The cost of the registration is low and it's a simple payment as any service. Who registers domestic work is not an employer but somebody who gives an employment. And the difference is not only semantic. The Ministry of Work, Employment and Social Security will run a campaign until Saturday 7 for diffusion, education and awareness on the obligation of “work givers” to register domestic workers.

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Saudi Arabia: Efforts for rescue of 25 Indonesian employees in Saudi Arabian households

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 01:36 PM

Between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia a diplomatic tug-of-war was inflamed around condemned men. In Saudi Arabia 25 Indonesian women and men are at present sitting in a death cell.

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Peru: General Confederation of Workers (CGTP) called for ratification of C189

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 02:07 PM

The General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP) requested the quick ratification of Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which recognizes the labor rights for domestic workers.

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USA: Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta on Workers' Rights

USA: Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta on Workers' Rights

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 02:07 PM

Bill Moyers talks with Ai-jen Poo and Sarita Gupta about activism dedicated to restoring workers’ rights — rights they say have been stripped away by corporations. Domestic workers in particular, says Poo, are a “huge and growing part of the 99 percent.”

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Angola: National Women's Union appeals Angolan women to unite for C189 ratification

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 07, 2015 04:18 PM

The deputy general secretary of the UNTA-Trade Union Confederation, Maria Fernanda Francisco, called Tuesday in Luanda the Angolan women to make their efforts to get the ILO Convention 189 on domestic work adopted.

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Mexico: Local Deputy urged the Senate to ratify C189

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 07, 2015 03:39 PM

As part of a legal analysis of labor, today law experts demanded a better legislation in some labor sectors as the domestic one. Therefore local deputies exhorted the Senate of the Republic to ratify Convention 189 of the International Labor Organization on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Deputy José Ángel Alvarado Hernández, coordinator of the Legislative Group of New Alliance, mentioned that the domestic workers represent 4.6 percent of the economically active population in our country, of which 90 percent are women.

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Mexico: 28 Million Workers, including domestic workers are in the informality

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 03:02 PM

Researchers of the Independent National University of Mexico (UNAM) presented a series of results on the national economy, in which they emphasize that 59 percent of the employed population, that is to say, 28 million people are in the informality. Among those who are 60 years old or more, this situation reaches to 75.7 percent.

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Canada: New Law to Protect Domestic Workers in Quebec

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 03:26 PM

The Minister for Labor Lise Thériault, presented on 3 april, at the National Assembly of the Province Quebec, the government bill No 60, a law aiming mainly at the modernization of the health system, occupational safety and its application to domestic workers.

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Lebanon: UN expert urges Lebanon to investigate suicide of migrant domestic worker

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 03:14 PM

An update on the recent suicide case of Alma Dechasa, published on March 28: A United Nations independent expert urged Lebanon on 3 April 2012 to investigate the death of an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker who committed suicide days after being abused in the capital city of Beirut.

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Spain: Only 13% of domestic workers take refuge in the new regime of the Social Security

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 26, 2015 03:01 PM

Of the 700,000 domestic workers who are living in Spain according to the Survey of Active Population EPA, and of the 300,000 affiliates to the Social Security, 90,000 only go to the General Regime approved in the pensions reform.

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USA: Speak Out for the Rights of Domestic Workers in California

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 01:51 PM

With the event “Speak Out for the Rights of Domestic Workers” on 1st April, 2012, the organizers congregated not only domestic workers but also religious leaders, communitarians and activists, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) informed.

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Lebanon: An animated story of four Ethiopian domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Nov 30, 2015 01:46 PM

In her feature film «Beirut», Rahel Zegeye, young domestic worker, tells the animated story of four Ethiopian domestic workers. An exceptional initiative in a country where the rights of migrant workers are too often spurned.

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Paraguay: Ministry for Justice and Work raises law project that grants major protection to domestic workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 23, 2015 06:08 PM

With the aim of valorizing the domestic work and eradicating the unfavorable discriminatory practices in this sector, the Ministry of Justice and Work (MJT) raises a series of adjustments to be considered within the legislation. The law proposal includes the control of the fulfillment of labor laws in the domestic sector, the health insurance, the retirement, days of rest and an increase of the base of the wage until 60% of the effective minimum pay.

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Latin American & Caribbean: 6th CONLACTRAHO Congress and Regional Seminar

by IDWFED — last modified May 03, 2016 06:22 PM

The secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Domestic Workers (CONLACTRAHO) has the honor to invite to participate in the “6th Congress and Regional Seminar”, which will be carried out from the 1 to the 5 of May 2012 in Mexico.

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Latin America: International Domestic Workers' Day - Re-launching the C189 Campaign

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 07, 2015 04:34 PM

This year, domestic workers in Latin America, jointly with trade unions and other allies re-launched the C189 campaign to press governments to ratify the Convention as soon as possible to protect rights of domestic workers.

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