Household Workers Association (ASTRODOMES)
This practice represents a successful case of mobilising for self-help and organising among domestic workers, including migrant domestic workers.
ASTRODOMES seeks to:
- Educate domestic workers about their rights and responsibilities;
- Organize and represent domestic workers; and
- Provide a space for recreation and leisure for domestic workers.
Activities, processes and steps involved:
The Household Workers Association (ASTRODOMES) was established in 1991. It is an affiliate of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Women Workers of Household Workers (CONLACTRAHO). Its members are Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran, and Guatemalan domestic workers in Costa Rica. ASTRODOMES provides the following services:
- A telephone service;
- Advice and legal support;
- A temporary shelter;
- Training (e.g., rights and obligations, self-esteem, sexuality and reproductive health...)
- Social and cultural events.
From 1994 to 1998, ASTRODOMES formed a partnership with the National Centre for Family and Women's Development (a government agency within the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports) to develop training modules on recruitment, wages and benefits, occupational safety and health, etc...
In 2001, ASTRODOMES in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) conducted a survey on working conditions and knowledge of labour regulations among domestic workers and employers in San Jose. The survey findings indicated a general lack of knowledge among workers and employers and little effort to adhere to regulations. These findings were analyzed in a report and formed the basis of an information campaign targeting employers and domestic workers. Three pamphlets were produced on labour and social security rights and the responsibilities of both employers and employees.
Migrant and national domestic workers in Costa Rica
ASTRODOMES works with other non-profit organizations, religious groups, other domestic worker associations in Latin American, trade unions, government agencies, and international organizations to advocate for domestic workers' labour and human rights and educate workers on their rights and responsibilities.
Relevant criteria for assessment
1. Respect for migrant worker rights:
ASTRODOMES is an organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for the rights of domestic workers, many of whom are migrants. The association has a record of providing legal and social assistance to workers in need, lobbying for changes in labour regulations, and educating workers and employers.
The organization responds to the needs of domestic workers, many of whom are migrant workers, by providing them with information and assistance. Normally these workers are hard to reach and isolated in households.
- Asociación de Trabajadoras domésticas (ASTRADOMES)
Tel: +506 280 1646