Help us reach out to more migrant domestic workers

Do you work with or provide support to migrant communities in the UK? Could you help us reach out to more migrant domestic workers? Kalayaan would love to hear from you

Kalayaan is developing a new outreach model and is keen to hear from NGOs, charities and businesses across the UK who support or speak to migrants in order to raise awareness of the independent services Kalayaan provides.

We want to be able to reach out to communities who include mainly – but not exclusively – Filipino, Indian and Indonesian migrant domestic workers who might need our help. Kalayaan can provide immigration advice and services and discuss any employment issues workers may be having with their employer in the UK. All services are free and confidential and are designed to empower workers so they know and can enforce their rights in the UK.

As part of this work we have developed some materials with our contact details on which we would be happy to share with different organisations. These materials include posters in various sizes and leaflets with details of our services and how we are campaigning for better protections for workers. We would love to have these displayed in community centres and in public places across the UK so that more workers can learn of our services and how to get in touch with us if they ever need help. We have also designed some banner pens with our contact details. All of our materials are produced in English, Tagalog, Hindi and Bahasa.

If you would like to help Kalayaan reach more workers or to find out more, please get in touch with us: outreach@kalayaan.org.uk.

Blog by Miela Lilles (Kalayaan Volunteer)


Strong support from Peers to end slavery of domestic workers

On Wednesday 10th December the Modern Slavery Bill reached Committee Stage in the House of Lords. Amendment 94, which would have done much to protect Overseas Domestic Workers from slavery but allowing them to change employer and apply to renew their visa if in full time employment as a domestic worker in a private household, was hotly debated. It is clear that many Peers keenly feel the injustice of the current system which bonds migrant domestic workers to their employers.

Disappointingly the Government continue to attempt to defend the current arrangement; in spite of all the evidence to date showing that the abuse of migrant domestic workers is being facilitated by the tied ODW visa. There is likely to be a vote on this matter at Report stage in February and Kalayaan remains positive that Peers will demand that the current tied visa is reversed.

 


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