A National Level Rally of Domestic Workers (NPDW) was held at Delhi,Jantar Mantar on 31st July 2013. Thousands of domestic workers from twelve different state;Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Pune, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Odhisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Delhi came together to demand enactment of a comprehensive legislation.
With exploitation of domestic workers at the hands of placement agencies and trafficking of tribal girls from states such as Jharkhand, the demand for a regulation of domestic work and its recognition as an occupation with dignity has gained credence.
Under the banner of National Platform of Domestic Workers (NPDW) that draws its strength from more than 12 states, the workers have written to Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh about their plight and the need for a law. At the demonstration the workers raised the demand for a legislation on social security and the regulation of employment.
In their petition, they pointed out how The National Policy of Domestic Workers announced by the Centre is still a draft. The petitions have been signed by thousands of domestic workers across the country.
National Platform for Domestic Workers is made up of different trade unions and unions of domestic workers from different states in India. It was created in 2012 to pursue a Comprehensive Legislation for Domestic Workers in India, subsequent to India voting in favour of the ILO Convention 189 in 2011, Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
The Indian Government has not yet ratified this convention but the ministry of Labour and Employment has put up a draft National Policy for Domestic Workers in 2011 on its website. Hence this platform has agreed to a list of ‘non negotiable’ that they would like to see in the legislation, mainly for registration of workers, employers and placement agencies and the creation of an institutional mechanism for the regulation of work and the delivery of social security for the workers.
It has collected signatures from all over the country which will be given to the Prime Minister and the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Labour, Petition Committee of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
photo source: prokerala.com
The petition as filed is as below: