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Workers' Power

Domestic Workers Sow a New Global Movement

Cross-posted from In These Times


Members of the International Domestic Workers' Network show support for the groundbreaking International Labor Organization's Convention 189, signed in 2011.  (Courtesy of WIEGO)

In Argentina and Brazil, a sector of workers that has long labored invisibly is moving out of the shadows and gaining legal protections. Their counterparts in Jamaica and Uruguay are sparking a new political consciousness from the friction between tradition and globalization. Around the world, private homes are becoming labor's latest battleground as domestic workers stake out their rights.