August 14, 2013

Domestic Workers demand for Better working Conditions and Fair wages

More than a thousand of domestic workers from 14 states demonstrated at Jantar Mantar,   demanding a law to protect their rights and provide them social security. They demanded for better working conditions, which will include fixation of wages, child care facilities, housing, training and skill formation for the domestic help.

Organized by the National Platform for Domestic Workers (NPDW)[1] the rally held at Jantar Mantar on 31st of July demanded for the implementation of comprehensive rights and workplace benefits under the National Policy on Domestic Workers formulated by the Labour ministry.   
A petition drafted for the Petition Committee of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and signed by thousands of domestic workers across the country was handed over to the Prime Minister and the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Labour.

 Many eminent people attended the dharna expressing solidarity with the domestic workers including Basudev Bhatacharya – CPM member of Parliament, Ali Akbar Ansari of the Janata Dal United, Sanjay Paswan - a former minister in the NDA government, Mohini Giri - former chairperson of the National Commission for Women, Vijayalakshmi Reddy from AITUC and Annie Raja of NFIW.

Ms. Aditi Sood, on behalf of NAMHHR Secretariat  participated in the rally in solidarity to support the cause of domestic workers.
Click on the link below to read the petition.

[1] NPDW is the umbrella forum of 17 unions of domestic workers and action groups scattered across the country. It was created in 2012 to pursue a Comprehensive Legislation for Domestic Workers in India.

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