Posted on January 10, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Tula Connell
Some 52 million people older than 15—primarily women—labor as domestic workers around the world, according to a report released today by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Of those, 83 percent are women. The vast number of domestic workers, 21.4 million, are in Asia and the Pacific region, with 19.6 million in Latin America, 5.2 million in Africa and 2.1 million in the Middle East.
These figures exclude child domestic workers younger than 15. The ILO, in 2008, estimated 7.4 million children work in domestic labor.
This first-of-its-kind ILO report is meant to further spotlight the plight of domestic workers, many of whom are vulnerable to abuses—from low wages and long hours to physical abuse and human trafficking.
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Posted on November 28, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
New York, NY – Today, the National Domestic Workers Alliance released a groundbreaking new report, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, examining the state of domestic work in the US. More than 2,000 nannies, house cleaners, and caregivers were surveyed in 14 cities, drawing for the first time an empirically grounded picture of what it means to be a domestic worker in 21st century America.
“Domestic workers care for our children, they care for our parents, and they care for our homes. Yet, all too often, we fail to recognize their importance to our families and to the economy,” said Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “These women do the work that makes all other work possible, and they deserve the protections afforded by US law.”
Filed under: Low wage workers, Organizing | Tagged: domestic workers, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, National Domestic Workers Alliance | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 9, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
8 March 2012: The international union movement is marking the occasion of International Women’s Day by writing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on behalf 1.5 million women domestic workers calling on him to support laws which give domestic workers the same rights as all other workers.
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, said domestic workers are excluded from labour legislation in the Saudi Kingdom and open to serious exploitation and abuse. Most workers are migrant woman from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines and India.
“On International Women’s Day the International Trade Union movement and the 12 x 12 campaign for domestic workers rights are calling on Saudi Arabia to be the first country to ratify the ILO Convention on domestic workers,” said Sharan Burrow.
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Posted on June 8, 2010 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Maria Svart
Domestic Workers United
Domestic workers (nannies and others) in New York State could finally be on their way to winning basic labor protections. These workers, as well as agricultural workers, are largely people of color, and have always been excluded from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA was created under the Franklin Roosevelt administration as part of the New Deal, providing federal legislative protection for the right to organize to many types of workers.
After decades of laboring in isolation, particularly susceptible to exploitation because of that isolation and because the vast majority of domestic workers are immigrant women of color, these women have fought and are likely to win passage of a state law that would require paid holidays, sick days and vacation days, and overtime wages. It would require 14 days’ notice, or termination pay, before firing a domestic worker.
The New York Young Democratic Socialists (the DSA youth section) endorsed the campaign of the Domestic Workers United (DWU) several years ago, inviting a DWU leader to speak at our national conferences and a local event about women workers empowering themselves through organizing, and participated in a letter writing campaign to the state senate about the bill.
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Organizing | Tagged: domestic workers, Domestic Workers United | 1 Comment »