Pledge your Support
for Migrant Domestic Worker
1. Read Open Letter - a call on UK government to reinstate the original Overseas Domestic Worker Visa
2. Write to your MP to end the slavery of migrant domestic workers.
Please Attach in your letter to help MPs understand better the issue. And please update us of any action that your MP has taken.
3. Call on your country to ratify ILO C189 to help end slavery of domestic workers.
Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWS) are are one of the most vulnerable groups of workers. Removing our rights in 2012 has left us unprotected, powerless and in severe exploitative work condition. When our employers stopped us from working without notice and pay during covid19 lockdown we couldn't claim our unpaid wages, we are afraid to go to the hospital when infected by this virus and some are even quarantined. We were deprived and forced to work long, unpaid hours including working for free on our days off. When parents and children were all at home during the lockdown, we worked up to 24 hours per day. We are essential workers too. Is asking the UK to value our work too much? We are carers to children, the elderly, and the disabled as well as having sole responsibility for general housework. Domestic work is work, and we should be protected as workers.
''My employer was positive in covid19, I wasn't told about her condition so I was infected too. It was scary to be alone and isolated. I also cannot get access to outside support. I thought I would never come out alive''.
The pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker Visa has prevented abuse of migrant domestic workers and protected MDWs as workers.
Do not exclude us. We are an important workforce. We look after families who are the building blocks of the United Kingdom.
VODW Research HERE
Kalayaan Briefings HERE
Anti-Slavery International HERE
Unite the Union Equalities HERE
TUC report on rights for undocumented workers HERE
Freedom United campaign to end domestic slavery HERE