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posted 11 Dec 2012, 16:39 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 12 Dec 2012, 02:26 by Dave Smith ]
On December 12th 2012, unions in forty one countries will be participating in a global call , for action in the ongoing campaign
for rights and protection for domestic workers.

In Trinidad and Tobago the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) will be participating in that campaign. In a media statement dated December 8th 2012 the union’s General Secretary Ida Le Blanc stated:

We are calling all women and men who do Domestic Work whether paid or unpaid,
to join us in the call for Government to Ratify the ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work For Domestic Workers.

Uruguay, Philippines and Mauritius have already ratified the Convention and Nicaragua, Paraguay and Bolivia ratification are still to be registered with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
All over the World Domestic Workers will be mobilising for an end to modern day slavery.

In Trinidad and Tobago Domestic Workers are not recognised as workers, they work as housekeepers, cooks, cleaners, ironers, gardeners, handymen, watchmen, in private homes. They are hired by companies for their CEOs and others who are in high management positions to provide personal and household duties.

The labour Laws as N.U.D.E. have been arguing for years are archaic and need to be amended to address the inequities domestic workers continue to face and it must be amended and kept abreast with the new developments in the world of work.

Ratifying the ILO Convention 189 would bring domestic workers up in line as all other workers and give them the right to exercise and enjoy protection under all existing labour legislation. They must have access to justice and equality before the law.

NUDE estimates that there are ten thousand domestic workers in T&T.