The movement for domestic workers is not limited to New York, or even to the United States. There is an international struggle that is rapidly growing. The National Domestic Worker’s Alliance is taking part in an international movement for justice which came to fruition in November 2006 at an international conference on 'Respect and Rights: Protection for domestic workers!' in Amsterdam, Netherlands. According to the ILO website, “In June 2010, the International Labour Conference at Geneva adopted a resolution calling for the drafting of an international convention and supplementary recommendation to extend labour standards and social protection to the world's domestic workers. The International Labour Office in Asia and the Pacific has been working with our constituents and civil society in anticipation of such a decision and is now preparing for the next ILC (June 2011) where these international instruments could be formally adopted.”
According to the NDWA website, “The National Domestic Worker Alliance is organizing with domestic workers around the world to win a strong ILO Convention with the standards and protections this workforce so desperately needs.” This convention will be a huge step in demanding international recognition and respect for domestic workers.
For more details on NDWA’s campaign, check out their website here
In addition, there are many other countries with strong and active domestic worker’s movements. In India there is the National Domestic Workers Movement
In South Africa there is the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union
In Asia: Asian Domestic Workers Network
In the Carribean: National Union of Domestic Employees
For more information on the international movement, visit http://www.domesticworkerrights.org/.
For more information of the North American national movement, visit http://www.nationaldomesticworkeralliance.org/