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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
China, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region Domestic worker awarded HK$562k in damages after being assaulted and raped by employer's brother. HKFP . (6 January 2017)

The accused, Fok Ka-ching, was convicted of three counts of indecent assault, one of attempted rape and one of rape in 2013, in relation to events that took place between July and August 2011, during the first month of the worker's arrival in Hong Kong. He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.

The vast majority of migrant workers are in the services sectors, with 106.8 million workers accounting for 71.1 per cent of the total, followed by industry, including manufacturing and construction, with 26.7 million, or 17.8 per cent, and by agriculture with 16.7 million, or 11.1 per cent. Among all migrant workers, 7.7 per cent are domestic workers.

By IDWFED, .

The Bishop Tji Haksoon Justice & Peace Foundation in South Korea formally announced on January 3 that the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) will be the 20th Justice and Peace Award winner in 2017.

 

Read official letter from the Chairman of the Tji Hak-Soon Justice & Peace Foundation to the IDWF.

By Ye, Josh.

They are entitled to 10 weeks of maternity leave and can pay just HK$100 a day to stay in a public hospital for birth.

United States of America Pay equality & rights of domestic workers & immigrants strengthened under new laws. Asian Journal . (31 December 2016)
By Sayas, Jr., C. Joe.

After the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights law took effect in 2014, which entitled personal attendants, such as nannies and caregivers, to overtime pay for work beyond 9 hours per day or 45 hours per week,  California lawmakers had three years (or until 2017) to either revoke the overtime pay for personal attendants or make it permanent. On September 12, 2016, lawmakers decided to make the overtime law for personal attendants permanent.

United States of America New UAE insurance policy to protect employers of domestic workers. The National UAE . (28 December 2016)
By Ruiz, Ramona.

The policy will help employers to fulfil their responsibilities to domestic workers who hold valid residence visas and work permits, said Dr Rashed Sultan Al Khedr, spokesman for Citizenship, Residence and Port Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, which supports the initiative.

Pakistan Call to recognise domestic workers as labourers. The International News . (24 December 2016)

Women, girls and boys among 8.5 million people are engaged with domestic work in Pakistan but they are not recognised as labourers; therefore, they are vulnerable to exploitation in the market.

United States of America UAE: Extend Labor Law to Domestic Workers. HRW . (22 December 2016)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announcement that it will transfer oversight for the recruitment of domestic workers from the interior ministry to the labor ministry is a positive step, Human Rights Watch said today. The UAE should now include domestic workers.

Domestic help better off as 'not in family'. Bangkok Post . (22 December 2016)

Treating domestic workers as if they are "part of the family" may lead to attitudes that are likely to be detrimental to them, a United Nations (UN) Women study has found.

Asserting that the government's push towards cashless transactions will be of help to domestic workers, the National Domestic Workers' Movement, however, said that the decision to demonetise Rs.500 and Rs.1000 had resulted in non-payment of their salaries.