Post Mortem

Domestic Workers invisible part of the informal economy

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/30/2019 12:25:04 PM IST

 Domestic work forms one of the largest sectors of female employment in the urban areas. All such workers are in the unorganized sector and domestic work largely remains unregulated by virtue of the nature and specificity of the work. Domestic workers help keep labour markets and economies working around the globe. Most, though not all, domestic workers are women and the vast majority is from the poorer sections of the society.

What Domestic workers do? Domestic workers provide a range of services in private homes, they sweep and clean, wash clothes and dishes, shop and cook, care for children, the elderly, and the disabled, they provide gardening, driving and security services, some live on the premises of the employer, others work part time, often  for multiple employers. Women are concentrated in cleaning and care services, while men tend to  have the better paying jobs as gardeners, driver and security guards. Domestic Workers constitute one of the most vulnerable groups in the society despite no comprehensive regulatory mechanism for this sector. In North East India, it has roughly been estimated that there are around 5 to 6 Lakh domestic workers engaged in household works, and belong to this unorganized sector.

Domestic Workers invisible part of the informal economy. Domestic work has been one of the oldest job in the world. Dueto various reasons like lack of adequate skills, migration, displacement, easy availability many choose to be domestic workers. Mainly women and the girl choose this job. The society thinks that mobbing, sweeping, cleaning, cooking washing, taking care of the sick, children, elderly, pets is the work of the women. domestic workers are workers and  domestic work is work . it is high time now to recognize the great contribution made by the domestic workers to the growth of the economy of the country and the state as well. We the people have to recognize domestic workers as workers not as servants or helpers. 

Let us remember our Domestic workers back at home. Because she is there, we are able go out work. Because she is there we can wear clean and ironed clothes. Because she is there our homes  are clean. Because she is there our children can go to school on time. Because she is there we can go to office on time. Because she is there my wife can go out and earn. Because she is there we get food on time. Because she is there we can go out and do   work peacefully.

Now think a day without the domestic worker… now the government of Nagaland has revised the Minimum wage that is the skilled should get minimum Rs.235/- , semi skilled  Rs.210 /-and the unskilled  Rs. 176/-. Its almost 11 yearly passed in Nagaland identifying  and working for the rights, empowerment , dignity of the domestic workers by National Domestic Workers Movement –Nagaland Region. The Government should recognize them as workers and include Domestic workers in the schedule of employment so that the Domestic worker’s get at list the minimum wage of Rs. 176/-.

Therefore dear employer’s and the public recognize domestic worker’s contribution for the growth of the economy and urge you to enroll them under All Nagaland Domestic Workers Union .

Dear Employers

• Help them sign a contract between bot employee and the employer.

• Don’t falsely accuse  them

• Fix lunch break and permit to take leaves during emergencies

• Give them paid leave

• Give them overtime compensation.

• Recognize their work

• Appreciate them and call them by name.

• We need to pay them just and decent wage

Let us recognize their great contribution for the home and the society. We need to accept them as workers not as helpers or servants or like our own son or daughter or cousins.,give them, safety and security at the work place.

Sr.Pramila Lobo, Coordinator, NDWM-Nagaland Region 


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