Due to the concerted advocacy and lobbying efforts of NDWM, child labour in domestic work was specifically banned in October 2006.The Tamil Nadu Domestic Workers Welfare Board was also constituted in January 2007 under the Tamil Nadu Manual Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Work) Act 1982.The struggle of domestic workers to achieve recognition before the law received a huge boost in July 2011 with the codification of ILO Convention 189 which gave international recognition to domestic work as decent work with rights on par with all other forms of labour. Our Government was a signatory to this Convention, but has yet to pass comprehensive legislation that would be required as a part of its ratification. This has become the new rallying point of our advocacy efforts, especially during the last year and it has generated stronger media attention and favourable public opinion, which we hope will catalyse a change of mind set about the rights for domestic workers within our country.
NDWM owes a debt of gratitude to all its benefactors, well- wishers, international affiliates and network colleagues for their unstinted support. With their continued support, our domestic workers’ family commits itself to winning the struggle for labour rights and a higher quality of life in the coming decade.