The International Labour Organisation (ILO) recognizes the stark fact that domestic workers in Tanzania make a vital contribution to the smooth functioning of households. These lowly workers may clean, cook, iron clothes, look after the garden or care for children or elderly parents.
In that case, the ILO says, households should establish respect relationships with those who care for their homes and families. “Making decent work a reality for domestic workers requires each one of us to play our part, the organization says.
The upshot is to see to it that everyone can start taking one step at a time to treat domestic workers with respect; recognize their work; pay a decent wage; guarantee sufficient rest and provide decent living conditions. The ILO estimates that 53 million people are engaged in domestic work worldwide.
This figure doesn’t include child domestic workers, a phenomenon that is steadily rising in both developed and developing countries. Some 83 per cent of domestic workers are women. Unfortunately, at the moment, There is no specific provision in Tanzania which strictly applies to domestic workers alone. Domestic workers under Tanzania laws are considered together with other employees, so their rights are provided for under the Employment and Labour Relations Act, 2004 and Regulations of Wages and Terms of Employment Order ,2010.