Informal Economy

Festive Air as Workers Picket New Labour Law

Nov 5th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Informal Economy

Despite a slow start, a workers’ protest against a new labour law outside the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) building in Jalan Raja Laut here swelled from 50 people to 200 within a half hour and rising. The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), an umbrella body comprising 390 labour unions representing 802,323 members, kicked off at [...]

Ban on Cambodian Maids to Stop Violence

Oct 21st, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

Cambodia’s Prime Minister has placed a temporarily ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia in a bid to stop violence against workers in the female-dominated industry, according to the ABC Radio Australia News. Prime Minister Hun Sen signed the order after numerous campaigns by human rights groups, focusing on the ill-treatment of maids sent to [...]

October 15 Rural Women’s Day Press release_ARWC

Oct 18th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Informal Economy

Honouring 100 women to mark 100 years of Women’s Resistance RIGHTS, EMPOWERMENT and LIBERATION October 15 marks the day of the International Rural Women’s Day. It is also the eve of World Food Day. This highlights the critical roles rural women play in improving food security, enhancing agricultural and rural development, and eradicating rural poverty. [...]

World Rural Women’s Day 15 October

Oct 14th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Informal Economy

Isis International joins in celebrating World Rural Women’s Day by sharing with you the statement of FemLINKPACIFIC. FemLINKPACIFIC Statement for Rural Women’s Day 2011 11 October 2011 “Rural Women’s Day 2011 should be more than just about advocating for a gender inclusive development agenda. Rural Women’s Day 2011 should enable the diverse experiences of rural [...]

Immigrant Maid Wins Landmark Case in Hong Kong

Oct 2nd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

Hong Kong’s High Court has ruled that a domestic helper from the Philippines should be allowed to apply for permanent residency in the city. The case was brought by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, who has lived in Hong Kong since 1986. The ruling follows a landmark judicial review and could lead to more than 100,000 other [...]

Domestic Workers Will Have Health cover in India

Sep 17th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

BANGALORE: Those women who help you breathe easy during the busy morning hours will now be able to claim more benefits. The government will soon include domestic workers in the health insurance scheme it is introducing for labourers from the unorganised sectors. The scheme initially planned for labourers like construction workers will be extended to [...]

Govt in Talks Over Pay Raise For Maids Working Abroad

Sep 7th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

Indonesian maids overseas will soon get a pay raise if a state-sponsored agency successfully negotiates an increase in their minimum salaries with governments abroad. The National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers (BNP2TKI), is focusing on wages in the Asia Pacific region and Middle East, a top official said Wednesday September [...]

Domestic Workers Suffer in the Shadows

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

With news outlets scrambling to cover the latest stories about Indonesian migrant workers abroad, from a beheading in Saudi Arabia to the latest roundup of illegals in Malaysia, the well-being of local household workers is usually ignored. Experts say that maids and nannies in Jakarta face many of the same issues of abuse as workers [...]

Nominations open for top 100 women workers

Aug 24th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Informal Economy

The Steering Council of the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) in commemoration of the 100th year of the International Women’s Day in March 2011 and in furthering its mission to strengthen the unity and advance the struggle of Asian rural women, invites you to submit nominations for its special award Honouring 100 women to mark [...]

News Release on new ILO Convention on Domestic Workers

Jun 16th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Informal Economy

ILO Convention 189 recognises Domestic Workers as Workers “This is an outstanding achievement for women workers, a victory that has always been theirs from the start of the struggle for equal rights.”- Menaha Kandasamy, CAW Chairperson. A groundbreaking International Convention on Domestic Work was adopted at the 100th session of the International Labour Organisation on [...]