IDWF stands with Elizabeth Tang

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The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) issued a statement to refute allegations against its General Secretary, Elizabeth Tang, on 15 March. The Hong Kong national security police arrested Tang on 9 March in Hong Kong over allegations of “endangering national security”. Elizabeth is now released on bail

Not only is she the General Secretary of IDWF, she is also a leader in the global labour movement, a sister to many, and a mother of the domestic workers movement worldwide.

IDWF said in the statement

The statement also commended Elizabeth Tang’s efforts in advocating for the domestic workers worldwide, including leading the global network of domestic workers in a campaign that led to the 2011 adoption of ILO Convention 189 concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. “a major step towards the protection and recognition of millions of domestic workers around the world, sparking a seismic shift in society towards respecting and valuing the vital contribution of these most vulnerable and ‘invisible’ workers.” IDWF said. 

36 countries has ratified the ILO Convention 189 as of today. 

We stand in solidarity with Elizabeth, one of the world’s most principled and prominent women trade union leaders and activists.


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