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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
India Domestic workers demand fixed minimum wages. The Hindu . (30 September 2016)

Domestic workers who labour for long hours are often not paid enough. Many of them work for meagre salaries and suffer pay cuts if they go on leave.

South Africa Portraits Of Post-Apartheid South Africa Try To Shed Light On Inequality. HuffPost Italy . (30 September 2016)
By Catania, Arianna.

Under apartheid, black communities were separated from white communities via a combination of physical obstacles, both manmade and geographic. Over the past two decades, the nation has tried to dismantle the divisive urban planning that was put in place during apartheid, not always successfully.

"The state government after consultation with the State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for the employment of domestic workers has recently made a draft proposal for revising the minimum rates of wages," an official release said.

By Ng Kang-Chung, Phila Siu.

Philippine labour minister also plans to ask authorities to allow more workers to come as demand grows for English-speaking environment at home.

Jamaica Jamaica Ratifies Domestic Workers Convention. Jamaica Information Service . (24 September 2016)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on (Thursday, September 22) announced that the Government, due to its commitment to empower women economically has signed the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention C 189 (also known as the Domestic Workers Convention).

A global programme by UN Women, "Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers' Labour and Human Rights", supported by the European Union and piloted in the Philippines, works to build the capacities of migrant women's organizations and networks to better serve and assist women migrant workers.

Saudi Arabia Saudi panel okays hiring of Bangladeshi domestic workers. Khaleej Times . (21 September 2016)

Saudi Arabia has approved the recruitment of male domestic workers from Bangladesh, according to media reports quoting the Saudi Arabia Shoura Council.

More resources needed to train maids in eldercare. The Straits Times . (17 September 2016)

Care for the elderly requires not only proper handling of the physical aspects of body transfers, proper hygiene, bathing and sanitation, and nutrition and diet, but also well-being and medication administration.

While welcoming Kuwait's commitment to fight trafficking in persons, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to further strengthen its assistance and support measures for trafficked and exploited domestic workers, adopt prevention measures, and fully protect their rights.

United States of America California Governor Signs Bill Granting Overtime to Domestic Workers into Law. NBC News . (13 September 2016)
By Constante, Agnes.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that grants permanent overtime protections to privately hired domestic workers in the state on Monday, in a victory for Filipino-American advocates who had pushed for the legislation.