A Study on Domestic Help Workers and Factors
Affecting Realisation of their Rights in the State
Ekta Rani and
- Assistant Professor, Khalsa College, Patiala (Punjab)
- Assistant Professor, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh (Punjab)
In India household work has always been
considered as below someone’s dignity. It has
always been the ‘duty’ of the woman: wife,
mother, daughter or sister to do the household
tasks and expect no pay. No wonder regarding
that the domestic worker is so deliberately
underpaid. Cooking, cleaning, caring for
children, these are all skilled jobs but they fall
under the unorganised sector, with no law to
protect rights, no health cover and no pension.
It means that in case of a dispute with the
employer, the worker cannot go to a labour court,
as she is not technically recognised as a ‘worker’.
All laws since Independence are formulated for
the organised sector. Workers range from full-
time to part-time workers, skilled and unskilled
workers. The issues such as no formal contracts
ensuring an employer-employee relationship,
lack of organisation, poor bargaining power, no
legislative protection, and inadequate welfare
measures with no provision for weekly holidays,
maternity leave and health benefits need to be
addressed. The present study addresses the issues
and tries to find the status of the domestic help
workers in Punjab area.
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