Taking Action ... Justice 4 Domestic Workers vs UK Government

Visa proposals: Domestic workers protest
Visa proposals: Domestic workers protest

Protestors Justice 4 Domestic Workers, Kalayaan, Unite
Target UK Government
Location Old Palace Yard, Westminster
Date 4 September

The lowdown

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers demonstrated outside Parliament against proposed changes to their UK visa conditions.

Why the protest?

Current visa rules allow workers the right to change jobs and move to a different household without losing their immigrant status. This right is set to be removed as part of the Government's pledge to cut net migration to tens of thousands by 2015. Justice 4 Domestic Workers campaigners say these plans will leave staff open to exploitation.

How did the Government respond?

In its consultation document, the UK Border Agency said: 'While we are restricting skilled work, it would arguably be counter-intuitive to retain a route into the UK labour market for low-skilled domestic workers via the private household route.' A Home Office spokesman added: 'This Government is determined to get immigration down to sustainable levels. We are reviewing all work routes which can lead to settlement and it is right that we include the overseas domestic worker route.'

How did the media cover it?

The protest was covered in local and national media including BBC News online and Philippines-based news organisation ABS-CBN. It also featured on union and lobbying sites.

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