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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Netherlands Domestic workers exploited by diplomats in the Netherlands. NL Times . (14 July 2016)
By Pieters, Janene.

Over the past five years the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs received 26 complaints from domestic workers working for diplomats in embassies in the Netherlands. These complaints involve underpayment, poor working conditions and “inappropriate behavior”, the Volkskrant reports based on documents in its possession.

Singapore Maid in Singapore. The Diplomat . (13 July 2016)
By Salvá, Ana.

The dream of opening a business back in Burma is what brought Moe Moe to Singapore two years ago. What she did not know is that it would be nine months before she received her first salary. For the first nine months everything went to the deductions made by the company that brought her here, a practice that traps domestic workers like Moe Moe with burdensome debt and the need to endure all kinds of abuse to get their first salary.

Oman Domestic Workers Trafficked, Trapped. Human Rights Watch . (13 July 2016)

Omani authorities should take immediate steps to reform the restrictive immigration system that binds migrant workers to their employers, provide domestic workers with labor law protections equal to those enjoyed by other workers, and investigate all situations of possible trafficking, forced labor, and slavery.

A new ILO study highlights the urgency in continuing legislative reform to match domestic women workers' rights with those of the rest of the workforce, as well as complementary implementation measures. 12 countries from this region have ratified the ILO Domestic Workers Convention nº189.

United States of America Fighting the Good Fight: California Domestic Workers The Progressive . (11 July 2016)
By Bacon, David.

Betty Johnson changes the diaper on a boy she’s caring for. More than 300,000 California housekeepers, nannies, and personal attendants provide support and care to children, seniors, and people with disabilities, putting in long hours caring for an estimated two million households. With no overtime protections, they suffer exhaustion, and damage to their health and that of their clients, and can’t earn enough to pay their own bills. In a recent survey, 76 percent of domestic workers still reported working more than forty-five hours a week, with twenty-four-hour shifts being common.

Nepal Domestics press MPs for rights. Kathmandu Post . (5 July 2016)

Domestic workers have urged parliamentarians to ensure that their right to work contract and minimum wage is included in the Labour Act. 

By Ablordeppey, Amewuga.

Domestic workers in Ghana have commemorated the 5th International Domestic Workers Day 2016 with a pledge to continually call on government to ratify ILO Convention 189 so that issues regarding migrant domestic workers can be tackled holistically.

 

The day, which was celebrated under auspices of Domestic Services Workers Union (DSWU) with sponsorship from the International Union of Food (IUF), was on the theme “Labour Migration and Domestic Work in Ghana.” It had the objectives of building knowledge base about issues of migration and share experiences on what Trade Unions are doing in that sector.

By RITAH MUKAMURENZI & JOHN MBARAGA, .

A local non-governmental organisation in Kigali is training child domestic workers in practical skills and human rights to prevent abuse of their rights by their employers.

 

The training, conducted by Children’s Voice Today (CVT), is dubbed, “Child domestic work project”. It aims at protecting child domestic workers from hard labour and enable them access key services.

By Chia, Alice.

A non-profit organisation has introduced more training courses and welfare programmes for foreign domestic workers in Singapore, including a course that trains them on providing care to the elderly.

 

Under the specialist caregiver programme, launched on Tuesday (Jun 28) by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST), maids can pick up skills in areas such as caring for dementia patients and mobility support for seniors.

Singapore New financial scheme for Indonesian domestic workers in Singapore Channel News Asia . (24 June 2016)

Employers of new Indonesian domestic workers will no longer need to pay high placement fees and several other costs associated with hiring a maid, with the announcement of a new financial scheme by the Indonesian government.

 

The Household Service Workers Industry Scheme (HIS) is part of Indonesia’s long-term plan to improve and protect the welfare of Indonesian domestic workers, the Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) (AEAS) said in a press statement on Friday (Jun 24).