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.
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.