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Indian Domestic Workers Unionize to Secure Their Rights

Nisha Mathews is a campaigner and hero to many women in Karnataka in India. She’s helped set up a union for domestic workers in the region, which today has more than 13,000 members.

Written by Mahesh Bacham Published on Read time Approx. 0 minutes

KARNATAKA, India – There are more than 4 million domestic workers in India, many of whom face poor conditions and daily abuse. But in 2012, in the city of Karnataka, Nisha Mathews set up a union to help domestic workers fight for better pay and conditions. So far, the union has secured a minimum wage, pensions and insurance for domestic workers in the state. Mathews also set up a home where children who are forced into domestic work, or those who are rescued from being sold as slaves to other parts of India, can attend school.

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