Migrant domestic workers come to the UK with a private employer and work behind closed doors in family homes, with tasks such as cleaning, childcare, cooking, gardening and caring for elderly people.

Many are forced to work without basic workers’ rights such as minimum wage or sick pay, often forced to work long hours in extremely difficult conditions. The UK’s changes to the terms of the Overseas Domestic Worker visa has led to an increase in reported abuse over the last ten years. By limiting their visa term to six months and removing the possibility of settlement in the UK, without recourse to public funds, the government has severely restricted domestic workers’ freedom to leave abusive employers and seek support, for fear of further abuse or removal.

Members of FDWA
6th April event 'A Decade Without Rights'
Creative workshop with daikon*
At Filifest!

Who We Are

We're a coalition of charities and community groups putting the rights of migrant domestic workers firmly on the map. As well as the organisations listed here, we'd like to acknowledge the contribution of The Voice of Domestic Workers.

FDWA (Filipino Domestic Workers Association)

An organisation run by and for Filipino women working as domestic workers in the UK, formed in 2013 to campaign against the post-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker Visa.


Kanlungan Filipino Consortium is a London-based charity working to empower Filipino, East and Southeast Asian migrants, advocating for their rights and welfare since 1994.


A small London-based charity providing practical advice and support to, as well as campaigning with and for, the rights of UK migrant domestic workers.

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