Pune: Over 250 domestic workers representing the Pune Zilla Gharkamgar Sanghatana (CITU), Maharashtra Gharelu Kamgar Union and Molkarin Panchayat (Hind Mazdur Sabha) gheraoed officials of the Labour Department on Monday at the Labour Commissioner’s office.
The domestic workers raised slogans and carried placards demanding Rs 3,000 pension per month for workers. They also demanded that they should not be asked for PAN cards and Aadhaar cards of their employers for registration with the Welfare Board.
Kiran Moghe from Gharelu Kamgar Kruti Samiti said domestic workers should have welfare schemes such as health and life insurance, Rs 3,000 monthly pension, housing and other benefits.
“There is need to have a comprehensive law to regulate working conditions of domestic workers, including Rs 75 per hour minimum wage, weekly off, 15 days annual paid leave, gratuity and acceptance of the Pension Scheme formulated by Gokhale Institute,” said Moghe.
Many elderly domestic workers participated in the protest to support the demand that age of registration with the Welfare Board be extended to 70 years as against the current 60 years.
“We drew attention to the fact that many domestic workers are forced to work well beyond 60 years in the absence of a pension or other social security cover, but are denied benefits from the Welfare Board,” added Moghe.
Officials of the Labour Department said they are asking for PAN and Aadhaar cards from employers of domestic workers during registration to avoid fake registration.
“The government should direct us regarding laws of registration of domestic workers at the Welfare Board. Employers are reluctant to give their PAN and Aadhaar details and so we are finding ways to root out fake registrations,” an official from the Labour Department said.