Bengaluru: Badly hit, domestic workers demand job guarantee scheme | Bengaluru News

by karwar


BENGALURU: The Karnataka Domestic Workers Union staged a protest in Bengaluru on Thursday demanding comprehensive legislation for domestic workers, transfer of cash to vulnerable helps as mandated by Disaster Management Act and implementation of an urban employment guarantee scheme.
Many domestic workers have lost their jobs since the outbreak of the pandemic and are struggling to make ends meet. Many are unable to pay school and college fees for their children.
Yasodhamma C, who has been working as a maid for as long as she can remember, said, “My son has to start twelfth this year. I’ve been working in three houses for a very minimal amount. How can I afford the rent, food and school fees? My husband used to work as a driver but he lost his job. The expenditures don’t end at that, the electricity bill, the water bill and the list goes on.”
Simultaneous protests were held by domestic workers across the country. In Karnataka, Belgaum and Mangaluru also witnessed protests.
K Madevi, who has been working as a domestic help for 20 years now, said, “I have four children and I have to raise them by myself as my husband and I are separated. One of my daughters is 18 years old and is supposed to join a degree college this year but we do not have the money so she will be staying at home for one year. It breaks my heart as I know the importance of education but I am helpless.”
Karnataka Domestic Workers Union president Sharanamma Ramaiah said, “I’ve been working as a domestic help for 30 years now. I am a senior citizen and I was working in only one household, but they asked me to stop coming to work and haven’t paid me since March.”
M Mangala who has been a cook for 24 years now said, “I was working in five households but now it has come down to one. Some of my employers even told me that people like me are not clean and hence we should not be anywhere around them.”



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