For Workers

This section includes information covering the rights of and advice for migrant domestic workers in the UK. These include immigration rights, employment rights, seeking advice, meetings & events, practical support, and how to keep safe.

Immigration Rights

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Employment Rights

If you would like to join a Union to fight for your rights as a worker, please contact Justice 4 Domestic Workers (J4DW).

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  • National Minimum Wage
  • Contract of Employment / Terms of Employment
  • Right to change employer
  • Conditions of employment
  • Can money be deducted from my wages for accommodation and food?
  • How many hours will I have to work?
  • What rest breaks & holidays am I entitled to?
  • Tax and National Insurance
  • What are my maternity or paternity rights?
  • What happens if I get sick?
  • Termination of Employment
  • What can I do if my employer dismisses me without any notice?
  • Employment Rights Factsheets

Advice at Kalayaan

Kalayaan staff give basic employment and immigration advice to Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK , if you have a problem with your employer, you have left an employer who is keeping your passport, or you simply wish to understand more about your rights, please book an appointment to register and get advice. We are a free service.

We also work closely with several immigration solicitors and employment solicitors who offer free advice at Kalayaan some Sundays and evenings. This service is also free but please phone 020 7243 2942 and make an appointment.

PLEASE NOTE – We cannot give advice about bringing a domestic worker to the UK. You will need to contact the British Embassy in the appropriate country, or UK Visas for information about the requirements.

No Upcoming Events

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Kalayaan runs many other workshops and activities according to workers needs.

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Practical Support

Kalayaan provides:

  • FREE, INDEPENDENT and CONFIDENTIAL advice on immigration and employment.
  • Support in retrieving passports from employers.
  • Training in accessing healthcare and mainstream services. English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses.
  • Support with reading and writing letters or forms.
  • Practical emergency assistance to clients who have recently left abusive employers.

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Keeping Safe

Here are some tips for keeping safe:

  • Keep a copy of copy of your passport and Biometric Residence Permit (PRB) and give a copy to a trusted friend or relative.
  • Open an email account that your employer cannot access and give the password to a trusted friend.
  • Give the contact details of your employer and any support organisations that are helping you to your family in your country.
  • Do not keep large sums of money at home. Keep it in a safe place such as a bank or post office. Do not lend money to or borrow money from people you do not know very well.

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