Ouagadougou – On March 17, the IUF women’s committee and the national coordination of IUF affiliates of which the Domestic Workers’ Union SYNEMAG is part, organized a public meeting in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso to inform about C189 and incite the government to ratify it. Representatives of the ministry of the public sector, of the National Assembly, as well as of the national social security institution attended the meeting together with trade unions and national centers.
The IUF Women’s committee and affiliates have since some years supported domestic workers in their struggle against the bad practices that undermine their dignity. The adoption of C189 and R201 is therefore considered as a big step forward in recognizing the rights of this large group of marginalized workers. “In Burkina Faso there are so many households which could not function without domestic workers and we have to make sure that their working conditions are improved,” said the president of the IUF Women’s Committee, Assétou Traoré. A majority of domestic workers are not declared to the social security and salaries are so low that it is impossible to meet the basic needs of a family with them. Aloïs Ouédraogo, member of SYNEMAG stated: “We are also contributing to the development of our country. It is therefore my hope that the government ratifies the convention as soon as possible so that we can be more visible and recognized in society”.
The national coordinator of the IUF affiliates, Laurent Nakoulma, concluded that “We have to establish a coherent policy of information, awareness raising and training at all levels of society on C189”. The next step is to invite employers in the near future to learn more about the convention and recommendation.
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