60 Parliament Members Submit a Bill on the “Regulation of the Employment of Domestic Workers”
Within CTUWS’s constant endeavor to promote the rights of working women and to provide legal and social protection of domestic workers; House of Representatives’ member Nashwa Al-Deeb, and 60 other members, introduced yesterday a bill on the Regulation of the Employment of Domestic Workers. In its coming session, the House of Representatives will refer this bill to the competent committee. CTUWS has worked on this draft law for the past two years based on a proposal made by the member of the House of Representatives Nashwa Al-Deeb.
In this context, CTUWS organized a large meeting on the 26th of January 2019 in which Nashwa Al-Deeb participated; along with several labour and trade union leaders, legal experts and representatives of some civil society organizations. This meeting discussed the draft law including provisions on working hours, minimum wage, leaves, social and medical insurance, and protection of women workers during pregnancy and childbirth. It also included: protection from violence and violations; limitation of working hours for children in domestic labour (despite our reservation on child labour in the first place); and prohibition of domestic labour that may harm their health, safety and morale. The meeting ended with assigning the legal unit of CTUWS to write a draft law after elaborating on all proposals and suggestions made during the discussion, in accordance with international instruments and conventions. On the 23rd of February, the 29th of march and the 18th of April 2019; CTUWS organized three roundtable discussions to discuss the proposed draft by the legal unit of CTUWS after including the different remarks made during the discussion.
So, we didn’t find a better way to honor women workers in the informal sector on International Women’s Day than enabling them to enjoy a safe life and fair labour relations based on equality and non-discrimination enshrined by the Constitution of Egypt of 2014.
The Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services
The Permanent Conference for Working Women