Fw: HOME ALONE campaign: together we made the difference again!
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It's official: HOME ALONE campaign has been successful!
United Nations officially announced that after ratification of Domestic Workers Conventions by two countries - Uruguay andPhilippines - the International Labour Organization's (ILO) 189 Domestic Work Convention will come into legal force.
The C189 Domestic Work Convention sets out the employment rights of domestic workers and recognises that they deserve the same rights as any other worker.
Under new law domestic workers are entitled to protections such as weekly days off, limits to hours of work, minimum wage and social security coverage. The convention also obliges governments to protect domestic workers from violence and abuse, and to prevent child labour in domestic work.
Working behind closed doors and invisible to society, lacking sufficient legal protections, domestic workers are among the most exploited and abused workers in the world. Many are in slavery.
That's why the Convention is a great milestone in our fight for better working conditions for millions of domestic workers around the world and we are very happy that three years of relentless campaigning finally paid off.
It wouldn't be possible without the help of all our supporters and we would like to thank you for that.
We are now working to make sure the Convention is implemented, starting in theUK where the government removed the migrant domestic workers visa arrangements pushing them back towards slavery. Under new arrangements migrant domestic workers cannot change their employers even if they find themselves in an abusive situation.
You can help us put pressure on the government to bring back the previous visa arrangements protecting domestic workers by writing to your MP. We have made it easy for you, please visit our website for more information.
We hope together we can continue to make the difference for people in modern slavery around the world.
Thank you for your continuing support for Anti-Slavery.
Dr Aidan McQuade
Director of Anti-Slavery International