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Caritas and Domestic Workers

Veravil Women group

Domestic workers often don’t get a fair deal – especially if they are not working in their home country.

Women, men and children often suffer physical and verbal abuse when there are not proper laws to protect them. They can be refused any time off, or a limit to their working hours. Their access to a minimum wage or to social welfare systems is often denied. Some cruel employers withhold their wages and sometimes their passports.

Caritas lobbied hard for the adoption on 16th June 2011 of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention “Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers.” It marks a substantial shift in the protection of domestic workers around the world by recognising their work as real and equal. By ratifying the Convention, governments agree to important measures to protect them, regulate employment agencies and prevent the exploitation of minors.

Now, Caritas has joined with the International Trade Union Confederation’s campaign, which pushes for the implementation of the Convention.

Caritas updates on Domestic Workers

  • “I am a walking miracle.” Caritas is a mission

“I am a walking miracle.” Caritas is a mission

  • 19 October 2015
Caritas is a mission, not a job. Nirmala Wijesinghe who runs a Caritas safe house in Beiruit is one of the many staff and volunteers around the world who illustrate this through their constant dedication and hard work.
  • Migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable to modern slavery

Migrants and asylum seekers are vulnerable to modern slavery

  • 6 August 2015
The most vulnerable to slavery conditions are those who, due to poverty, lack of other possibilities or indebtedness, accept irregular work and fall prey to traffickers who severely exploit them and make it impossible for them to leave.