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Mexican Domestic Workers Launch Job Contract Campaign

  • July 27, 2017
  • Gladys Cisneros

The Mexican domestic workers union, SINACTRAHO, last week launched a far-reaching campaign to ensure domestic workers across Mexico are covered by employment contracts. “Our goal is to have 10,000 workers sign a formal contract with their employers, in time for December holidays,” says Marcelina Bautista, SINACTRAHO co-president. “Trabajo Digno por Ti, por Mi y todas… [READ MORE]

Kenya Domestic Workers Find Hope with Union

Like many women in Mombasa, Kenya, Alice Mwadzi says for years she barely eked out a living. A lack of jobs in the port city for many means a constant struggle to survive—selling fruit on busy highways or hauling carts stacked with heavy water containers through congested streets—involving long hours of often back-breaking work for… [READ MORE]

Cambodia’s Domestic Workers Demand Recognition

  • July 10, 2017
  • Nathan Benevides

Lack of job protections, combined with the invisibility of their work, means many domestic workers toil long hours in unsafe conditions without a minimum wage or access to health care, sick leave or pensions. In Cambodia, domestic workers, who are not recognized as workers under national labor law or protected by Association of Southeast Asian… [READ MORE]

Rights Groups Decry Detention of Nepali Domestic Workers

Some two dozen human rights organizations are condemning the detention of two Nepali domestic workers in Lebanon, one of whom was deported. Sushila Rana and Roja Maya Limbu were detained “without formal and clear explanation of the charges levelled against them,” according to the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF). Rana was deported December 10 (International… [READ MORE]

Domestic Workers See Gains, yet Struggle for Decent Work

Some 70 countries around the world have taken action to advance decent work for domestic workers in the five years since the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted Convention 189, the standard covering domestic worker rights. The ILO passed Convention 189 on June 16, 2011, after a global coalition of domestic workers, led by the International… [READ MORE]

Afro-Colombian Domestic Workers Empowered

Afro-Colombian domestic workers, historically among the most marginalized workers in the country, are increasingly joining together to improve their working conditions and educate lawmakers and the public about their rights as workers. “Today, it is a breakthrough that Afro-Colombian women are being empowered and raising awareness of the need to organize, to establish a collective… [READ MORE]

Migrant Domestic Workers Network a First in Jordan

Domestic workers in Jordan are set to celebrate the official formation of a worker rights network that includes migrant workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. The September 19 launch is a first in Jordan and a rare move in the Arab region, where more than 2.4 million migrant domestic workers often toil… [READ MORE]

First-Ever Domestic Workers Union Launched in Mexico

Dozens of union members and their allies from across Mexico gathered today to celebrate the official launch of the country’s first domestic workers’ union, SINACTRAHO. The union’s formation culminated a 15-year struggle for rights on the job by those whose work often goes unrecognized, and today’s events marked the union filing for official government recognition…. [READ MORE]

Rights for Kuwait Domestic Workers: A Good Start

  • July 6, 2015
  • Jeff C. Wheeler

There is some good news for domestic workers in Kuwait: The National Assembly adopted a new law in June that will grant them unprecedented legal rights. The law applies to family maids, baby sitters, cooks and drivers. More than 660,000 domestic workers are currently employed in Kuwait, most of them migrant workers from Asia and… [READ MORE]