Ratify ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Work (Domestic Workers Convention, C. 189)

“Domestic work is work. Domestic workers are, like other workers, entitled to decent work”

June 16 2015 will see domestic workers gather to celebrate International Domestic workers day (ILO C-189) at Jain University, JC Road Campus, Bangalore, by requesting the Government of India to ratify the ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Work (Domestic Workers Convention, C. 189) and requesting them to review the national laws in accordance with the new convention and recommendation.

In addition to submitting a memorandum to the Labour Department, the program will also see the release of an audio CD titled “Voices of Domestic Workers”, by Domestic Workers Rights Union, Stree Jagruti Samiti and Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz. The program which will be aired on June 16th 2015 on Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz is an attempt to bring forth vulnerabilities faced by domestic workers who are either residential, migrant, part timers or ageing, in their own voices.

Domestic/household workers are the most invisible and last in the hierarchy of the unorganized workers in India. They have no job security, no social welfare, no fixed wages or working hours, no legal benefits and no protection as workers or labour rights. The practice of untouchability persists and there is denial of dignity to the workers. The arbitrary and invisible nature of their work makes them vulnerable to atrocities like rape, sexual abuse and even murder by the employers. Domestic workers contribute 4 million Rs a year to the economy. In spite of enabling the GDP, these workers are not under the purview of worker legislation, nor do have any mechanisms of social protection.

# About the ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Work
The Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) requires governments to provide domestic workers with the same basic labor rights as those available to other workers- including weekly days off, limits to hours of work, minimum wage coverage, overtime compensation, social security, and clear information on the terms and conditions of employment, to protect domestic workers from violence and abuse, to regulate private employment agencies that recruit and employ domestic workers, and to prevent child labor in domestic work.
# Domestic Work and Domestic Worker Definition
Domestic work broadly defined as “work performed in or for a household or households” . A domestic worker defined as “any person engaged in domestic work within an employment relationship”
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For more information on Domestic Workers Union: Contact- Ms. Geeta Menon #+919845445408

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