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posted 24 Sept 2012, 17:06 by Gerry Kangalee
The Ministry of Labour Small and Micro Enterprise Development hosted a function on Friday 21st September to launch a National Register of Domestic Workers. The function held at the Hyatt Hotel Wrightson Road was a step taken in response to the National Union of Domestic Employees’ (NUDE) campaign to extend the same measure of protection afforded to workers in industry and service sectors.

President of NUDE Ida Le Blanc reminded the gathering that since last year NUDE had called on the Government to adopt International Labour Organisation's Convention 189 on Domestic Labour. She also indicated that although her organisation had met with the Labour Minister, Errol McLeod and had presented a petition to Parliamentarians, they were no closer to having the convention implemented.

Among those invited were Comrade Dave Smith, General Secretary of the National Workers Union, Dr. Giovanni Di Cola, Officer for Decent Work Team of the ILO/Caribbean, Tajewattie Khan of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union Lois Pollidore, Vice President of the Transport and Industrial Workers Union. Several other trade unionists attended the function.
Long time member of NUDE Althea Coombs-Rivas about the struggle for recognition by domestic workers