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Only 300 of Mozambique’s 487,000 domestic workers, who celebrated their International Day on Sunday (June 16), pay their social security contributions.
On the same date as African Children’s Day and Mozambique’s Mueda Massacre and Metical Days, the world also celebrates International Domestic Workers’ Day.
According to the 2017 Census, there are 487,729 domestic workers in Mozambique. But the Director of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Maputo City, Jafar Buana, revealed that only 1,700 of them are registered with the INSS, and only 300 of those pay social security contributions.
“(…) I take this opportunity to appeal to all domestic workers to register in the INSS, because you never know what tomorrow may bring and this could be our hand, our eye, our leg,” Buana said during a speech in Mozambican Heroes Square.
On Sunday, Secretary General of the National Union of Domestic Employees (SINED) Maria Joaquim highlighted low wages, sexual harassment and lack of a fixed schedule as the main problems facing Mozambique’s more than 487,000 domestic workers.
“It’s an undervalued class, but with the ratification of Convention C189 maybe we’ll have a better environment. We need decent work in the domestic sector,” Joaquim said, referring to the sector’s desire to see the government ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers, which would establish weekly and daily working hours and protect domestic workers from unfair dismissal.Source: A Verdade
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