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NDWM-Nagaland region participates in protest

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/24/2020 12:04:57 PM IST

NDWM-Nagaland region took part in the nationwide protest by organizing press conference at Assisi auditorium, Dimapur, expressing that domestic workers were essential workers and not carriers of diseases, and not to discriminate them on September 24. 

A press release by NDWM Nagaland region stated that, coordinator Sr. Pramila Lobo said that domestic workers contribute for the economy of the country and to recognize their work as work. She asked that they were not discriminated or to undervalue their work. She added that their voices must be heard and demand for legislations of their rights.

NDWM-Nagaland region, field animator, Aobendang, put forward the plight of domestic workers in Dimapur during the pandemic, where travel restriction from one colony to another affected their livelihood and income security due lack of social protection. They were in threat of dismissal from job, when not reporting to their work in fear of infection of COVID-19 and in some cases the employers were afraid that the domestic workers may carry the virus. 

Deeply concerned about the plight of the domestic workers as a result of the lockdown, the members of the National Platform for Domestic Workers (NPDW) urged the Government of India (GoI) to pay heed to the problems of these informal workers.  

The NDWM Nagaland region further demanded from state government that, domestic workers be recognised as workers, protection against all types of harassment, social security  and access to benefits and inclusion of domestic workers in schedule of employment and thus entitle to minimum wages. The meeting also made a plea to employers to recognise the work of domestic workers, provide decent working condition, receive them back home for work. 

Adv. Limanochet, advisor of the ANDWU kept before the participants and particularly the media fraternity charter of demands of the National Platform of Domestic Workers. Some of the domestic workers also spoke about their struggles during the lockdown. 

Earlier, invocation was offered by Amakla and vote of thanks delivered by Moala in the programme moderated by Bendangmoa.

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