Domestic Workers Demand Recognition and Minimum Wage

Workers commemorate the International Day of  Domestic Workers, (16th June), in Chennai

Household work is the most informal of informal work. While it had traditionally decended upon the women of the household to keep the homefront in order, it was never considered as labour. With changing life style, increasing number of households have begun to engage paid domestic workers to fulfill the great many tasks at home. Though it has now become a major contributor of employment, especially in the large unskilled category and though it overwhelmingly engages women workers, it remains the least regulated form of work with little government oversight. The foremost struggle for domestic workers is to make the state and the clients approach this as ‘work’ and those engaged as ‘legal workers’ with rigths that accrue to them. Highlighting this pitiable state of affairs and demanding basic rights, the Chennai metro domestic workers association, along with Working womens coordination committee affiliated to Center for India Trade Unions (CITU) organised a half a day demonstration at Vallurvakottam


The demands include

  • To notify a Minimum wage of Rs 50/- per hour for domestic workers
  • A weekly paid leave and leave during festivals as mandatory
  • Creating legal provisions to implement the ILO resolution 189
  • To Amend Industrial Disputes Act to include Domestic work within its ambit
  • To implement ESI, PF provisions for domestic workers
  • Exempt ‘in-person’ clause to avail welfare board benefits
  • Stop RI/VAO verification
  • provide pension for domestic workers from the age of 50
  • Provide free ‘Pattas’ to all domestic workers

the meeting that was presided by Com.Premavathi drew about 50 women including those working as housekeeping workers in companies. Many women cited that large numbers could not attend due to constraints of being domestic workers without any provision for leave. Speaking at the meeting, Com. Jayathi fromworking women’s coordiation committee said that the first and foremost is for domestic workers to feel proud of their employment and demand respect and recognition. Com. Appanu, district secretary of CITU, while demanding that  a survey of domestic workers to be undertaken, pointed out that their demands would be acheived only if they organize. Others from various faternal organizations also spoke at the meeting

find attached the leaflet released at the meeting

Domestic Workers Demonstration

Domestic Workers Demonstration

List of Demands

List of Demands


Leaflet Domestic Workers

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