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posted 14 Dec 2012, 05:54 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 14 Dec 2012, 05:58 ]
On December 12th 2012, the National Union of Domestic Employees (NUDE) held a function at its headquarters in Arima to sensitise the public to the situation facing domestic workers and to gather support for its call for the government to ratify ILO Convention 189 which deals with rights and protection for domestic workers. 

NUDE’s function was part of a global call, for action in the ongoing campaign to ratify the ILO convention in forty one countries. 

According to NUDE: “In Trinidad and Tobago Domestic Workers are not recognised as workers, they work as housekeepers, cooks, cleaners, ironers, gardeners, handymen, watchmen, in private homes… The labour Laws …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.” 
Rae Samuel of the National Workers Union attended the NUDE function and recorded the following contributions: (see video here); (see video here); (see video here)