Courtesy: The Hindu
Memorandum submitted to Labour Commissioner
• Main demands
• Payment of minimum wages as fixed by Government
• Freedom from harassment at workplace
Bangalore, Feb 2: Domestic workers attached to the Karnataka Domestic Workers' Movement on Tuesday took out a rally in support of their demands, including payment of minimum wages, freedom from harassment at workplace and steps to ensure dignity of labour.
The objectives of the Karnataka Domestic Workers' Movement include mobilising domestic workers in their own interest groups; empowering workers by setting up their self-help groups in urban areas, communities, parishes and urban slums; educating workers about their duties and rights; medical and legal aid for workers; and lobbying for justice through the Labour Department.
The movement is also involved in restoring the rights of child domestic workers. Movement coordinator Nisha said it is encouraging that the Government has notified the minimum wages for domestic workers.
"We hope that this will help the workers earn better and find dignity in their labour," she added.
In a memorandum addressed to the Labour Commissioner, the activists said 90 per cent of the domestic workforce comprises women and children aged between 12 and 15. Almost 25 per cent of these children are aged less than 14.
Those working for half a day do not enjoy even breaks for food. A majority of the workers do not have time to look after their own dependents back home.
Removed from their culture, they often live in fear. Besides, domestic workers are suspended without notice, the activists said.