Domestic workers high risk of being abused with those living at employers - ILO
2012 July 08 07:19:27 | 1702 Views
- Ingabe ikuphatheleni i-MDC, njalo kusizani ukuyivotela? | 2013 May 13 17:03:55 | 2685 views
- Ikuphatheleni iMDC, kusiza ngani ukuyivotela? | 2013 May 08 19:28:47 | 2703 views
- MDC-T on course | 2013 March 27 14:05:12 | 6590 views
- People will vote for a party with sustainable economic programmes | 2013 March 04 02:36:52 | 7372 views
- Introducing: Election (2013) campaign articles | 2013 March 02 11:08:41 | 5945 views
- Prostitute dies during love making, 'resurrects' in coffin | 2013 March 23 10:13:12 | 84102 views
- Woman sends photo of naked President Mugabe via Whatsapp | 2013 January 10 15:04:10 | 45897 views
- Zim woman who had sex with boyfriend as son watched named | 2013 January 31 09:05:43 | 44485 views
- Man marries mother-in-law after his wife died | 2013 January 16 11:05:42 | 30243 views
Governments have been urged to craft policies that protect domestic workers who are usually looked down upon, yet are the pillars of families and the economy at large, the Sunday Mail reported.
Addressing 50 international participants to the Labour Migration Academy that got under way in Italy on Friday and runs until July 13, International Labour Organisation (ILO) labour specialist Mr George Politikas disclosed that more than 50 million domestic workers in the world find themselves at the "mercy of employers".
"Domestic work is generally undervalued, poorly regulated. Many workers in this field are at high risk of being abused with those living at employersâ€™ homes in most danger," he said.
"Domestic workers always wake up first and are the last to sleep again. Families and governments the world over do not realise, let alone appreciate, domestic workers' efforts. Imagine, they wake up in the early hours of the day when everyone is asleep to prepare bathing water, food, tidy the house and bathe children and clothe them.
"While at work, some employers continue to bark instructions through the phone and when they get home, they expect to find food and everything ready. As they relax watching television, the maids would be cleaning plates and tiding the house.
"Employers retire again to bed while maids are still awake, and the trend just goes on and on. There is greater need for serious legislation among governments to ensure that domestic workersâ€™ rights are upheld."
Mr Politikas noted that domestic workers who live at employers' homes do not have fixed working hours.
â€œDomestic workers are restricted and are literally under house arrest as, upon arrival, some employers confiscate their identity documents or passports in respect to migrant workers.
"They are not allowed to have visitors; sometimes they have to go without pay for months as employers would just tell them that they are facing such and such problems.
"So, since they are eating at home, bathing with employersâ€™ resources, they can bear with them for some time and mostly this causes problems in future."
He said the adoption of Convention 189 last year brought great joy to this bracket of workers who play a critical role in society.
The course runs from July 2 to 13 and is covering aspects such as extending social protection to migrant workers, migration and domestic workers, migration and trade and co-ordination and coherence among governments.
Source: Sunday Mail
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 19 | 338 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 19 | 315 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 19 | 969 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 19 | 653 Views
Gaye Davis, City Press | 2013 May 19 | 1248 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 19 | 874 Views
Stephen Grootes | 2013 May 19 | 850 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 2404 Views
Moyo Roy | 2013 May 19 | 3456 Views
Moyo Roy | 2013 May 19 | 2698 Views
STaff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 2905 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 1296 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 2282 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 969 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 1161 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 1076 Views
MDC Spokesman | 2013 May 19 | 904 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 891 Views
Sports reporter | 2013 May 19 | 1049 Views
Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo | 2013 May 19 | 1467 Views
Eyewitness News | 2013 May 19 | 3715 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 19 | 1953 Views
Sapa-AFP | 2013 May 19 | 1192 Views
Staff reporter | 2013 May 19 | 1240 Views
Emmanuel Ndlovu | 2013 May 18 | 1488 Views
Arts reporter | 2013 May 17 | 1812 Views
Entertainment Correspondent | 2013 May 17 | 2205 Views
Moyo Roy | 2013 May 16 | 1979 Views
Vasco Shaya | 2013 May 16 | 3646 Views
Staff Reporter | 2013 May 15 | 1955 Views
Arts Correspondent | 2013 May 14 | 2751 Views
Carter Chapwanya | 2013 May 14 | 2271 Views
Own Correspondent | 2013 May 14 | 1379 Views