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Minister Richard Bruton Prevent Exploitation: Ratify Domestic Workers Convention

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Susie came to Ireland aged 17 with her employers as a live-in childminder. For 3 years she worked 15 hour days with no time off and received no pay. She is one of millions of domestic workers who have experienced modern day slavery. Susie is asking you to take action to get the Irish Government to introduce stronger laws to protect domestic workers like her.

We want our Government to commit to ratifying the ILO Convention by December 12 2012, a global day for action. If enough of us sign this petition Minister Bruton cannot ignore this call. Together we can influence his decision.

Domestic work is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world, with over 100 million workers. 80% are women and girls. They provide essential caring and cleaning roles in society, yet many are undervalued, overworked and underpaid.

In Ireland:
10,000 plus people are employed in private homes

40 cases of forced labour involving women working in private homes since2008

This sector has the highest number of reported cases of trafficking for forced labour, 50% are cases involving embassies

Countless women forced to stay in inhumane and undignified situations, denied their most basic human rights

By signing this you are helping Susie, and others like her, in their fight for equality and recognition.

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