A National Policy to increase Domestic Worker’s Wages

The Mathadi blockades were set to ensure reasonable wages were paid to workers passing on loads. Hence a national approach for setting fair pay rates and a more reasonable business term is guided for Domestic Worker’s.

A National Policy to increase Domestic Worker’s Wages
A National Policy to increase Domestic Worker’s Wages

There will be a central board which will ensure that domestic workers such as cleaners, drivers and other workers part of the house will be paid well.

There are millions of people that will be benefitted from this move, especially women who work as cleaners in houses. About 3 million women approximately will be benefited.

This will ensure that identical wages are maintained throughout the country, which will not let people take advantage of people who are desperate for work.

This central board will be similar to Mathadi which ensures workers are treated and paid fairly in Maharashtra.

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Domestic workers are not given privileges such as medical insurance, pension, maternity and insurance which through this central board will be available now.

Labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said recently that the ministry aims to explicitly and effectively expand the scope of applicable legislation, policies and schemes to grant domestic workers rights that are enshrined in laws for other categories of workers.

The notification by the labor ministry stated –

“The policy aims to promote right to fair terms of employment relating to minimum wages, protection from abuse/harassment and violence, access to social security benefits such as health insurance, maternity benefits and old age pensions as provided by the existing and upcoming schemes of central and state government, which may include contribution from employer/workers.”.

Domestic workers are one of the oldest jobs in the world. Quite a many are women who need work due to a high cost of living and the need of money.

Domestic work classify includes- gardening, babysitting, cooking, sweeping, swabbing, dusting, washing utensils, washing clothes, attendants (for sick and elderly), drivers, security guards, car cleaning, etc.

According to the National Sample Survey 2011-2012 there are 2,38,92,791 domestic workers in the country of which 4,05,831 are women.