Round table to mark International Domestic Workers day
“For thousands of years until recently, domestic work was a form of slavery. In some parts of the world it still is,” said Armando Montemarano from the Italian domestic workers trade Union, Federcolf.
He was just one of the people contributing to a discussion held in Rome by Caritas along with Acli Colf (the Italian Christian workers association) and NoDi (the Italian association for the rights of women migrants) to mark International Domestic Workers day on Sunday 16th June.
The date was chosen because it marked the adoption of the International Labor Organisation’s ‘Convention 189’ in 2011, which set labour standards for domestic workers around the world. These included the right to time off, the minimum wage and protection from abuses.
Caritas campaigned hard to get the convention approved and ensure the rights of domestic workers were respected. The very nature of domestic work – behind closed doors and hidden from view – means that the terrain is rife for abuses and protective measures are minimal. Continue reading