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Posted on: December 23rd, 2015 by admin

Caring full time for a relative who is chronically or terminally ill, disabled or suffering from dementia is physically and mentally exhausting. Not only can the caregiver experience effects on their own physical health such as back pain, low resistance to illness and tiredness, they will often suffer from anxiety and depression. There may be […]

Independent reviewer calls for an urgent end to the tied visa system for migrant domestic workers

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by admin

Press Release 17th December 2015    Kalayaan is delighted that James Ewins’ independent review of the Overseas Domestic Worker [1]visa, released today calls for an end to the current system which ties workers to their employers.   The review finds that ‘the existence of a tie to a specific employer and the absence of a […]

A Spoonful of Caution: What Mary Poppins teaches us about employing domestic workers in the home

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by admin

One thing that most people probably don’t think about whilst enjoying a family movie night with Walt Disney’s 1964 hit Mary Poppins, is what potential legal risks George Banks was setting himself up for in employing the magical nanny for his  children, Michael and Jane. Given the thrill of the light-hearted, jovial fun and adventures […]

Britain’s forgotten slaves; Migrant domestic workers in the UK three years after the introduction of the tied Overseas Domestic Worker visa

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by admin

  From Kalayaan May 2015 Since April 2012 migrant domestic workers who enter the UK with their employer on the Overseas Domestic Worker visa have been tied to this employer by the immigration rules. The visa is valid for six months, is not renewable and prevents them from leaving their employer, no matter the circumstance. […]

Modern slavery bill: migrant domestic workers fall through the gaps

Posted on: March 24th, 2015 by admin

Modern Slavery Bill: migrant domestic workers fall through the gaps By Kate Roberts UK immigration rules currently prevent migrant domestic workers from changing employers. This removes these migrant workers’ fundamental rights and leaves them vulnerable to abuse. Effective laws and policies by the state are central to the promotion of human rights and the ending […]

The Modern Slavery Bill has left migrant domestic workers open to abuse

Posted on: March 18th, 2015 by admin

Press Release by Kalayaan – Justice for Domestic Workers 18th March 2015 Shamefully, yesterday, 17th March 2015, MPs in the House of Commons have voted against the protections against slavery for migrant domestic workers. These basic protections, which allowed migrant domestic workers in the UK to change employer and to apply to renew their visa, […]

UK tied visa system ‘turning domestic workers into modern-day slaves’

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by admin

We have to hope and pray that MPs, especially Conservative ones,  will vote today with their conscience and not follow the Party Whip. Over the past few weeks The Housekeeper Company has been busy lobbying MPs to get their support to get the amendment passed which would give protection to overseas domestic workers, as since the […]

Kalayaan briefing ahead of 17th March 2015 debate in the House of Commons on the Modern Slavery Bill.

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by admin

  For the Modern Slavery Bill to protect migrant domestic workers it must ensure basic rights.                                                                                                                                     March 2015 Kalayaan briefing ahead of 17th March 2015 debate in the House of Commons on the Modern Slavery Bill. On the 25th February the House of Lords voted to include Amendment 72, tabled by Lord Hylton, […]

Update re recruitment of Filipino applicants

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by admin

With effect from the beginning of November 2014, The Childcare Recruitment Company Ltd together with its Divisions: The Housekeeper Company, The Carer Company and Harris Recruitment are no longer working with or recruiting staff through Pia Goldsack and have no further association with her. It has come to our attention that Pia Goldsack has been […]

House of Lords vote to protect migrant domestic workers

Posted on: February 26th, 2015 by admin

An important amendment to include vital protections for migrant domestic workers has been voted into the Modern Slavery Bill by the House of Lords on the 25th February 2015. It allows domestic workers to change employer, meaning they can escape abusive employment without fear of breaching the immigration rules. The vote was won by 183 to 176. We […]