The issue of domestic workers across the World is a vitally important one and the battle goes on [...]
Part of the ancient Teotihuacán site, pictured right, is now underneath a Walmart, after Walmart bribed local officials. Walmart destroys Mexico’s cultural heritage for profit.
Walmart is the biggest private sector employer in the world. Whether they’re undermining wages or building stores on ancient archaeological sites, let’s keep an eye on them.
Bangladeshi garment workers’ union leader Aminul Islam was tortured and murdered in April this year. Support the campaign to bring his killers to justice.
More than 1,000 workers died – and the lives of their families ripped apart - when a factory making clothes for Primark, Matalan and Mango collapsed. Demand that these UK high street retailers take responsibility for their supply chains.
There are four things you can do right now:
The Tazreen Fashion fire in Bangladesh killed 112 workers in November last year. Some brands have compensated family members for their loss, but Walmart and Disney refuse.
Domestic workers won one of the best fought and most justified victories ever on June 16 2011 when ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was adopted. The voices, experiences and visions of domestic workers themselves were finally heard and respected, not only within the trade union movement but also by governments and many employers.
Shamefully, the UK was one of just 8 countries that abstained from voting in favour of the Convention, standing together with Sudan, Malaysia, El Salvador, Panama, Singapore, the Czech Republic and Thailand who also abstained. Swaziland was the only government to vote against convention. In stating its reasons for abstaining, the Government said that the UK already provides comprehensive employment and social protections to domestic workers. We believe the UK Government should not be allowed to get away with this attack on vulnerable workers.
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This is not the last action we will be asking you to take: victory is not complete until Convention 189 is translated into national legal instruments and collective agreements across the world, including the UK. Over the coming weeks and months USi will be working closely with domestic workers and their unions to keep this issue firmly on the agenda. Join USi to keep momentum behind this campaign in your union and community.
On 29th February 2012 the Home Secretary Theresa May announced changes to the rules for migrant domestic workers including the removal of the right to change employer.
The removal of the legal right to leave an abusive living and working relationship will illegalise many women who enter as domestic workers accompanying wealthy employers. Some of them will feel unable to leave abusive situations thereby risking their physical, mental and emotional security. Others will escape, and thereby become undocumented with no access to legal employment or basic legal protection.These changes will not affect domestic workers already in the UK. They will also not affect people who apply for entry clearance or enter before 6 April 2012.
Read more in this Guardian article.