In Uruguay, sensitive issues are currently being discussed that are of great relevance for the country’s workers. On the one hand the draft Bill on Accountability entered the parliamentary phase and on the other hand, a new Round of Wage Councils involving several hundred Uruguayan workers is initiating.
In June the Asian Development Bank published the report "The Social Protection Index: Assessing Results for Asia and the Pacific". The report states that despite the growth of Asian economies, countries are failing to spend enough on social protection programmes to fight poverty and inequality. Especially the countries in South East Asia are staying behind, with an average of only 2,6% of GDP spent on social protection.
The 12th issue of the International Domestic Workers Network newsletter is out. The July 2013 issue reports, among other topics, on the IDWN Founding Congress in Uruguay (26-28 October 2013), the launch of the African Domestic Workers Network last month in Cape Town and the Tunas Mulia Domestic Workers Union from Indonesia.
On the occasion of the second anniversary on 16 June of ILO Convention 189, which will enter into force on 5 September 2013, SOLIDAR and the Global Network are launching four case studies on the ratification process going on in four African countries (Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
A report recently released by the International Training Centre of the ILO, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) highlights that in Europe, domestic workers experience discrimination with regard to labour rights and social protection.