New Delhi: The Congress All India Unorganized Workers Congress (AIUWC) on Tuesday organised a Protest March to demand a central law to protect and promote the employment of domestic workers.
AIUWC had launched a postcard campaign last month requesting domestic workers from across India to write letter to the Prime Minister demanding a Central Law for domestic Workers. More than 20,000 post cards were posted to the Prime Minister.
On Tuesday, Thousands of Domestic Workers gathered near Parliament and marched towards Parliament under the leadership of AIUWC Chairman Arbind Singh. Former union minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also joined the Protest.
Addressing the Gathering, Shashi Tharoor said,
“I’m really glad to see you all here. In our country the day starts with domestic work only. The work is done by domestic workers. They bring ration at home, Drop childrens to school and also take care of the elders at home where they are working. Domestic workers are a engine of our country. But the main problem is Domestic workers are still not empowered in our country. Domestic workers are overworked and underpaid. Their should be law for Protecting their rights and employment.”
Tharoor further said, “The national policy for domestic workers is not a good idea as it will not help the poor and marginalised and a law aimed at securing decent working conditions and regulating placement agencies was the need of the hour.”