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Paid domestic work: A private matter or a public policy issue?

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dc.contributor.author Callister, Paul
dc.contributor.author Tortell, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Williams, Jessie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-19T03:01:43Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-05T02:43:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-19T03:01:43Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-05T02:43:39Z
dc.date.copyright 2009
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18747
dc.description.abstract In industrialised countries most of the goods and services traditionally undertaken in the home are now largely sourced outside the household. The main exceptions are childcare, food preparation and washing and cleaning, which can be unpaid work or can be undertaken on a paid basis: this is paid domestic work. The ILO estimates that there are over 100 million domestic workers globally. These workers are often the most disadvantaged and vulnerable and, in many countries, are migrants, sometimes working illegally and sometimes part of guest worker schemes. Most domestic workers internationally are women. In New Zealand, domestic work was once an important source of paid employment for women with shortages of workers met by migration from the British Isles. While it had almost disappeared as a paid occupation post World War II, a number of reasons suggest a likely increase in the number of paid domestic workers in the near future, probably met, again, by migration. Nevertheless, little is known about New Zealand domestic workers, and paid domestic work fits uncomfortably with labour law, principally because the workplace is the private home. This has meant that overall, paid domestic work has, in a variety of ways, been a private matter in New Zealand. However, we suggest that it is time that paid domestic work is viewed as a public policy issue, particularly in relation to labour law and migration policy development. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Institute of Policy Studies Working Papers en_NZ
dc.subject paid domestic work en_NZ
dc.subject low skill migration en_NZ
dc.subject labour law en_NZ
dc.title Paid domestic work: A private matter or a public policy issue? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Institute of Policy Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 160510 Public Policy en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 440799 Policy and administration not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder http://igps.victoria.ac.nz/ en_NZ

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