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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Region(s): India ; South Asia
By Hynes, Casey.

According to the organization Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), many domestic workers in India work without formal contracts or standardized work conditions. This leaves them with little legal basis to claim time off for maternity leave or holidays, not to mention few channels for pursuing paychecks withheld by employers.

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 Neetha N, .

The recent move of the government to extend the Employees' State Insurance Scheme for domestic workers clearly shows the callousness of the initiative and the non-committal approach of the state to the concerns of domestic workers. For the first time, a discriminatory approach within the ESI scheme to a specific category of workers is noticeable.

By via Reuters., .

The Indian embassy in Oman issued a notice on Monday, saying it was scrapping the scheme because employers and recruitment agencies said it was discouraging them from hiring.

The Indian diaspora in Qatar has urged Indian government to create a separate registration cell with details of domestic workers being sent from various Indian States to Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Qatar.

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.

On-demand services  expanding by up to 60 percent month-on-month in India, but many of India's domestic workers, most of them women, are forced to work up to 18 hours a day and face dire living conditions, abuse and violence.

India Law to regulate working condition of domestic workers demanded. The Indian Express . (1 December 2016)
By PTI, .

Civil society organisations and trade unions under the banner of National Platform for Domestic Workers today demanded a comprehensive legislation to regulate their working condition and provisions for social security benefits.

India Domestic workers to be brought under ESIC fold. The Economic Times . (29 October 2016)

As part of its vision to provide health insurance for all, the government will bring domestic workers under the ESIC fold and soon launch pilot projects in Delhi and Hyderabad in this regard, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said today.