“The union has given me the courage to stand up for my rights, such as monthly off, annual bonus and increment,” says Manju, a 30-year-old domestic worker and member of the Domestic Workers’ Rights Union.
The union celebrated its 10th anniversary at Freedom Park here on Saturday. The event witnessed participation of over 2,000 domestic workers from across the State, including Mangaluru, Belagavi, and Bengaluru. On the occasion, 15 domestic workers were felicitated for their contribution to the union.
Many domestic workers expressed their concerns regarding wage, security and the society’s negligent attitude towards them. A few shared their stories of domestic violence and expressed gratitude to the union’s support in overcoming challenges.
Geetha Menon, an activist, who has been fighting for the rights of domestic workers, said the union has helped many women who have been victims of trafficking, bonded labour and ill-treatment to have a voice of their own.
Arundhati Nag, theatre personality, called upon the domestic workers to take pride in their work. This alone would bring them respect, she said and acknowledged the role of the union in helping them.