IT IS very difficult to make an accurate estimate of the work done by domestic helps to fix their minimum wages. As theirs is an unorganized sector, the working hours and nature of work varies considerably, said Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das while addressing a programme of Indore Domestic Workers’ Solidarity organised by Pavitra Atma Sevika Sangh at St Raphael’s School here on Tuesday.
The programme also marked International Day of domestic workers. Das suggested that these workers should concentrate on upgrading their skills.
Labour Commissioner Rajnish Vaishya, who was the special guest, said that Indore Domestic Workers Solidarity must inform the workers and their employers about the laws enacted for them in the past. Vaishya said that labourers or female workers must first get organised and the institutions working for them must classify them on basis of work.
“Domestic workers have a right to get minimum wages and social security. But for this they must first be united”, said Vaishya. He also asked female domestic workers present at the programme to stop sending their children for work and help the government in stopping child labour.
Dr Savita Inamdar described it as a humane initiative and asked the women present not to think that they themselves as weak or helpless.
Domestic Workers Solidarity Movement national coordinator Sister Jeane Devos said that domestic workers must be called ‘house-hostesses’ and people must not insult them by calling them servants.
Indore Domestic Workers Solidarity director Sister Rosily gave an introduction of this movement. Catholic Diocese of Indore vicar general Fr Soosai Gyanprakash presided over the programme. Economist Jaya Mehta also addressed the programme. Pavitra Atma Sevika Sangh principal superior Sister Preethi Thomas was also present at the programme. Many female domestic workers participated in the programme and demanded security against exploitation and shabby treatment by employers.
This movement is currently run in 21 states across the country. St Raphael’s School students presented a prayer song and Prayas Sanstha staged a street play on plight of domestic workers. Yogita Verma conducted the programme.