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Bringing the issue of domestic workers (migrants) to the public

During three weeks of September and October, an intermediary agency called Cizinky na úklid (Foreigners for cleaning) was marketazing its services: they were offering services of migrant women for the households – discretely, for a really cheap price and without unnecessary bureaucracy. It was supposed to start its activities on the 15th of October. Fortunately it did not happen because the agency is not real.

It was “established” by non-profit organizations Association for Integration and Migration and People in Need, commentator Kateřina Kristelová and creative agency Ogilvy&Mather and Mather Advertures as part of a campaign promoting the rights of migrants-domestic workers and aiming to reach wider public. We would like to apologize to those who received untruthful or zero information in a few past weeks. Also we would like to explain our motivation.

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Everything you should know about your house cleaner (but are afraid to ask)

“Originally, I am a nursery school teacher. I am not a cleaner. I do have a proper education. However, when I first came to the Czech Republic I was trying to get any job. I worked in a restaurant kitchen. After some time, I started to do house cleaning for families. In order to be more independent, I have arranged for a business licence. However, it was not as easy as I would have thought…” says 31- year-old Nina from Ukraine. Nina left her little daughter in the Ukraine, where she is currently in the care of her relatives. Indeed, there are many more similar stories in our households. Read more about them on www.pracovnicevdomacnosti.cz.

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Commission urges Member States to implement ILO domestic workers convention

The European Commission has presented a proposal for a Council Decision authorising Member States to ratify the International Labour Organisation 2011 Convention concerning decent work for domestic workers (Convention No. 189). Countries ratifying the ILO Convention agree to ensure fair and decent conditions for domestic workers by protecting their fundamental labour related rights, preventing abuse and violence and establishing safeguards for young domestic workers.

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A big step forward in Europe: Italy´s ratification of the Domestic Workers Convention

Woman hanging laundry from balcony

Woman hanging laundry (author:Elizabeth Buie, flickr)

ILO´s Domestic Workers Convention has been ratified by first European country. Italy took the lead to improve its domestic workers living conditions and to protect their rights. A brief overview of Italy´s social and economic context that induced this decision is presented below.

´´Today, we are taking a historic step forward in the protection of workers´ rights, as we are legally recognizing the domestic work as a real and effective professional activity´´. With these words, Giulio Terzi, the current Italian Foreign Minister, has welcomed the Domestic Workers Convention. It is claimed to be a device for social cohesion and protection, but also an expression of civility for all the domestic workers.

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