Home-based workers are not even officially recognised as workers, so there have been no special schemes set up for them. Our people have no social security, no pensions and no insurance. Now there’s no work which means no income.
Students tend to measure fair compensation on two scales. How many years of training and/or dollars of tuition did a worker have to invest to become “qualified” for the job? And how important is that worker’s labor to the rest of society?
Domestic work and care work have historically been underpaid and overlooked, and the fact that even today this labor is often referred to as “help” rather than conceived as professional labor betrays the long devaluation of women’s work. T
Novelita Palisoc became a domestic worker to support her family in the Philippines. She now is president of a local union affiliated with the International Domestic Workers’ Federation, a global organization of half a million domestic workers.
Only 25 countries have ratified ILO convention 189 that declares domestic workers should enjoy the same rights as other workers. Nonetheless, important advances in their struggle have been made world-wide.
The potential effects of an anti-union ruling in Janus v. AFSCME could already be on display in Orange County, where a right-to-work group scored a win involving orientations for new in-home health care aides.