• Workers tap social media to promote labor rights


    If traditional politicians use social media as a tool to promote their candidacies, why can’t workers do the same in advancing their rights?

    Believing in the power of social media, two workers groups have created a site where they can promote the rights and standards of workers in accordance with local and international labor laws.

    The Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) and the Philippine Decent Work for Domestic Workers Technical Working Group (DomWork TWG) created #OurHands on Wednesday, which coincides with the celebration of World Day for Decent Work.

    William Gois, MFA coordinator, said “#OurHands is an effort to build a community of domestic workers online, while informing them of their rights as enshrined in ILO Convention 189, the Domestic Workers Convention, and other relevant international standards.”

    The country has 41.8 million workers as of 2015.

    Gois said #OurHands aims to reach domestic workers through Facebook and Twitter, and encourages them to share rights-based information with domestic workers in their communities who may not have access to social media.

    The social media campaign also seeks to mobilize other groups that can provide support to workers.

    Cainglet said #OurHands “gives the opportunity for domestic workers to support one another across countries — to have a space to engage fellow domestic workers in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Singapore, Italy and wherever in the world they might be by using the features of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.”


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