Women Workers


Swiss Parliament votes to ratify Domestic Workers Convention

19.06.14 News

Workers Convention (ILO C189). The vote was: 106 in favour, 73 opposed, 6 abstentions. Switzerland is the third European country to ratify (after Italy and Germany) and the fifteenth on a global level.

Domestic Workers' International welcomed into IUF

19.05.14 News

At its meeting in Geneva on May 15-16, the IUF Executive Committee unanimously accepted the International Domestic Workers' Federation's (IDWF) request to become a special group within the IUF.

Raising the volume for International Women’s Day

28.02.14 News


Across the Asia-Pacific region IUF-affiliated unions are preparing  for International Women’s Day 2014, reasserting the 5 demands raised last year under the banner “Women’s Voices Shake the World!”

Korean Women's Trade Union holds second strike against wage discrimination, precarious work

09.12.13 News

School food service workers joined a second strike by precarious school workers on November 29 in a long-running fight for wage equality with regular workers and an end to discrimination in working conditions.

Decent Work – not for one day only

07.10.13 Editorial

On October 26-28, the International Domestic Workers Network (IDWN) will hold its first congress and move from a network to a formal international federation. One of the central issues on the congress agenda is organizing. The adoption of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers has been a tremendous stimulus for domestic workers to organize and fight for their rights.

Domestic Workers honoured at AFL-CIO Convention

10.09.13 News

At a ceremony on September 8, during the AFl-CIO Convention in Los Angeles, the International Domestic Workers’ Network, IDWN, received the 2013 Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award. AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, paid a vibrant tribute to the IDWN for its inspiring and innovating efforts to get domestic workers organized and their rights recognized worldwide.

Domestic violence clause in AMWU agreement with Heinz

22.08.13 News

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union [AMWU] has recently concluded a collective agreement with the transnational food company Heinz that includes a domestic violence clause.

It is based on the guidelines of the national center ACTU’s Work – Life Policy adopted in 2012, and provides for additional paid leave for absences related to family or domestic violence, flexible work arrangements, confidentiality, workplace safety strategies to ensure protection of employees, referral to appropriate domestic violence support services, adequate training of contact persons.

Jamaica Household Workers’ Association – Union at last !

26.04.13 News

After years of fighting for better treatment and equal rights, the Jamaica Household Workers’ Association (JHWA) was formally registered as a trade union on March 15.

Bolivia ratifies Convention on Domestic Workers

26.04.13 News

On April 16, Bolivia was the sixth country to ratify C189 following the ratifications of Uruguay (June 12, 2012), Philippines (September 05, 2012), Mauritius (September 13, 2012) Nicaragua (January 10, 2013), and Italy (January 22, 2013).

Women tobacco workers win historic wage increase in Ahmedabad, India

12.04.13 News

More than 15,000 women workers employed as home-based beedi (cigarette) workers in Ahmedabad in the north western state of Gujarat have won a 15% wage increase through collective bargaining. The women beedi workers are members of the IUF-affiliated Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA).

Safe at home, safe at work – zero tolerance of violence

08.03.13 Feature

According to UN-Women, country data reveals that as many as 7 in 10 women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. Statistics indicate that violence against women and girls is a universal phenomenon, irrespective of income, class and culture. Forms and manifestations of violence against women and girls include intimate partner violence, early and forced marriage, forced pregnancy, honour crimes, female genital mutilation, femicide, non-partner sexual violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, other institutions and in public spaces, trafficking, violence condoned by the State and violence against women in conflict situations.

UFC: respect Women!

05.03.13 News

This International Women's Day, we are taking a stand against the denigration of women that has been tolerated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for far too long. We call on the world's largest promoter of professional cage fighting events to put an end to the misogyny and sexism that pervades the "sport."

Third ratification of the Domestic Worker’s Convention 189

20.09.12 News

On June 16, 2011, Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was adopted by the International Labour Conference. Within a year of this historic event, Uruguay became the first country to ratify C189 on June 14, 2012, followed by the Philippines on September 5, and Mauritius on September 13.


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