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posted 1 Sept 2011, 13:08 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 1 Sept 2011, 13:19 ]
The National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) has asked the government whether the issue of ILO Convention 189 has been brought to the Cabinet and whether the Cabinet would be addressing the issue of ratification of the convention in the upcoming parliamentary term.

In a letter to Errol McLeod, Minister of Labour, dated July 26th 2011, Comrade Ida Le Blanc, General Secretary of NUDE said the ILO convention is very important to domestic workers and that some countries were already discussing the issue in their parliaments.

She reminded the Minister that: “we daily have to hear stories of the abuse domestic workers face in the workplace...and they frequently have no recourse because they are not considered as workers under the Industrial Relations Act...There is also the inability of domestic workers to enjoy the same protection under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Retrenchment and Severance Benefits Act, the reprisals faced by domestic workers when they enquire about their National Insurance and the inability to seek recourse in instances of dismissals.”

Comrade Le Blanc told the Labour Minister that the union would appreciate it if they could be informed of the process leading to ratification so that domestic workers could be aware of what was happening in their interest.

Gerry Kangalee,
1 Sept 2011, 13:18