Domestic workers call for minimum wage of Rs 60/hour

Express News Service | Published: 30th September 2016 03:56 AM
Domestic workers address grievances and demand a minimum wage.

CHENNAI: Domestic workers have called for laws to guarantee a minimum wage of `60 per hour for them and a set of guidelines to protect their interests. At a public hearing organised by the National Domestic Workers’ Movement, they also expressed concern regarding rehabilitation of slum dwellers on the city’s outskirts.

Sexual harassment, illtreatment and inhuman working conditions were discussed the most during the day-long session.

The jury comprised Justice AK Rajan, a former Judge of Madras High Court, Benita Marian, HOD of Social Work Department, Stella Maris College, Babu Jayakumar, a senior journalist, Vasuki of All India Democratic Women’s Association and R Geetha, National Campaign Committee for Unorganised workers, Chennai.

From sexual harassment to stopping them from using the toilets, the workers highlighted different kinds of abuse they suffered. Nearly 100 domestic workers from across the State were present at the event.

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