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Domestic workers urged to unite

Domestic workers urged to unite
Section of the domestic workers during IDWD celebration at Assisi Auditorium, Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/15/2019 11:29:02 AM IST

Domestic workers in Nagaland were encouraged to unite and fight for their labour rights, dignity and justice in their place of work.  

This ardent call was made to hundreds of domestic workers in Dimapur who joined the rest of the world in celebrating “International Domestic Workers’ Day (IDWD)” on Saturday at Assisi Auditorium, Dimapur.

Domestic workers, a vast but hidden workforce of the society, were also motivated to join the growing movement to assert their rights and fight against exploitation and abuse.

The event was organised by National Domestic Workers’ Movement (NDWM) Nagaland Region in collaboration with Assisi Centre for Integrated Development (ACID) and All Nagaland Domestic Workers Union (NDWU) under the theme, “Zero tolerance on gender based violence for domestic workers in the world of work”.

Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) Dimapur, Avonuo Kire, who represented the Deputy Commissioner (DC) at the event, said the day was a “perfect occasion” for the employers and domestic workers to introspect.

She said employers should consider whether their domestic help was being provided with all the basic needs and whether they enjoy their rights and have an amiable work place. Likewise, Kire said domestic workers should also execute their work sincerely and ensure that their rights and needs were taken care of.

Kire reminded the workers that their contribution, in running a household, should not be taken lightly by their employers. She further expressed happiness that domestic workers have a union that looks after their welfare.

Project officer and secretary Nagaland construction worker’s welfare board, T Chubayanger, also called upon the domestic workers to have “zero tolerance” towards ill treatment by their employers.

 He also briefed the domestic workers on different forms of violence such as physical, sexual and psychological and asked them to report such kind of abuse to the competent authorities.

Chubayanger also advised the domestic workers to ensure that their employers sign a “work contract” so that they (employers) are legally bound to look into the welfare of their employees.

Earlier, the programme commenced with prayer by Sanu Shohe, welcome address by NDWM coordinator, Sr. Pramila Lobo and welcome dance by Child Participation Group. 

The gathering was enthralled with a dance by DW’s Group (Burma Camo), Kachari dance by Orosina and Ronjali group and special item by Friendly group. The programme ended with vote of thanks by ANDWU vice president, Muni Devi.

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