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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers

Keshav Duwadi, secretary at the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), said the organisation imparts “special training” to domestic workers on their wages and rights. For eight hours of work, the minimum wage for domestic workers should be Rs9,700 per month. There are approximately 67 million domestic workers worldwide and 41 million of them are employed in Asian countries. Nepal has around 200,000 domestic workers, according to GEFONT.

India For a better livelihood for domestic workers The Hindu . (13 June 2017)
By Sivaraman, Sreelakshmi.

Such informal arrangements shape the livelihood of many women like Suja, for whom concepts of minimum wage and job security, applicable to those employed in all other sectors, are alien simply because they do not consider themselves ‘labourers.’ It is this misconception, borne out of the conversion of the domestic space to a workplace, that the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)-Union has set out to dispel through its campaign ‘My Fair Home.’

By Chari, Mridula.

Around 200 domestic workers staged a three-day strike after residents of a development in Chandivali unilaterally fixed wages at a level they believed was unfair. The strike began on May 21, after some residents at the Raheja Vistas housing complex in Chandivali put up a circular on their noticeboard declaring the rates they would pay to domestic workers.

By Preiss, Danielle and Pragati Shahi, .

Two years ago, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed Sita Kumal’s house in Nepal’s Gorkha district — 65 miles from the capital Kathmandu and the area hardest hit by the disaster... Last April, she accepted the offer of a local agent to find her a job as a housemaid in Dubai, where she’d earn around $290 a month.

Ecuador Domestic workers in Ecuador organize to defend their rights. The Huffington Post . (31 March 2017)
By UN Women, .

I continue organizing so that the next generation of domestic workers don't go through what I experienced. To other women domestic workers I say, "my friend, you have rights, don't let others trample on them."

Philippines Singapore Minimum pay for Filipino maids to go up May 1: Philippine embassy. Channel News Asia . (31 March 2017)
By Lim, Kenneth.

In a notice to its more than 200 accredited employment agencies, the embassy's Labour Attache Ramon Pastrana said this is due to the "fluctuation of exchange rates of the USD" in relation to the Singapore dollar.

A video of an Ethiopian domestic worker was shared on social media, showing the helpless woman pleading with her employer to save her before falling from the seventh floor of a building in Kuwait.

Jamaica Domestic workers entitled to eight weeks of maternity leave. Jamaica Observer . (30 March 2017)

Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Portia Magnus, told JIS News in a recent interview that the provision, under the National Insurance Act of 1979, aims to ensure that these workers' rights are protected.

By Su, Alice.

Migrants in Jordan who flee abusive employers risk being imprisoned as illegal workers if they fail to find shelter with their embassies.

Singapore Couple jailed, fined for starving maid, who lost 20kg. Today . (27 March 2017)
By Mokhatar, Faris.

For starving their Filipino domestic helper, which caused her weight to plummet by almost 20kg over a 15-month period, a Singaporean couple was sentenced to jail and a fine by a district court on Monday (March 27).