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Indonesia: Understanding Indonesian domestic workers' rights

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:28 PM

An article in the Jakarta Globe explores the four basic elements that must be considered to fully understand the specific conditions affecting domestic workers. The author, Faishol Adib, argues that a firm understanding of the plight of domestic workers is necessary to ensure an effective Domestic Workers' Convention.

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Switzerland: Domestic Workers protected by the Country’s first Sectoral Employment Contract

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:54 PM

The Swiss union UNIA has convinced the Swiss government to establish the country's first sectoral employment contract for domestic workers. Also called NAVs, these agreements are designed for sectors in which collective agreements cannot be reached.

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Global: Reversing a History of Exclusion through International Labour Law

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 03:42 PM

Claire Hobden, a junior project officer at the ILO, addressed the necessary legal protections sought by domestic workers, and the value of the standard-setting process.

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Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 04:14 PM

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on “The professionalization of domestic work”.

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Global: "Domestic workers: their time now" by Celia Mather

Global: "Domestic workers: their time now" by Celia Mather

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:12 PM

Celia Mather, a UK-based writer on global labour issues, including for the IDWN, recently published an article in International Union Rights. Ms. Mather hails the historic fight that domestic workers have embarked on to win an ILO Convention that gives them fundamental rights equal to other workers.

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Germany: Organizations Believe an ILO Convention for Domestic Workers Is Needed To Combat Poverty

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:31 PM

The German Federation of Trade Unions DGB and the German Commission Justice and Peace issued a press release criticizing the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion for failing to implement needed structural changes in poverty reduction and prevention. Both organizations urge that the enabling international agreements be ratified and implemented, including the ILO convention on domestic workers.

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Global: Campaign for Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers

Global: Campaign for Decent Work and Rights for Domestic Workers

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 05:18 PM

Between International Human Rights Day (10 December 2010) and the opening of the International Labour Conference (1 June 2011) organized domestic workers and support organizations will lobby their governments to vote for a meaningful and strong rights-based international Convention to protect domestic workers.

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Netherlands: Stories of domestic workers working in Netherlands

Netherlands: Stories of domestic workers working in Netherlands

by IDWFED — last modified Jan 11, 2016 01:52 PM

A Domestic Workers' film by Domestic Workers Netherlands.

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Trinidad & Tobago: National Union of Domestic Workers Gets ILO Support

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 25, 2015 04:36 PM

The International Labour Organization (ILO), Office for the Caribbean and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) are supporting the renewed efforts of the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) of Trinidad and Tobago to mobilize domestic workers and defend the rights and interests of domestic workers.

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Global: UN Recommends Protection of Migrant Domestic Workers Worldwide

by IDWFED — last modified Dec 24, 2015 04:25 PM

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers adopted guidance in the form of a "General Comment" that interprets the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families

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