Over 500 domestic workers mark the fifth year Anniversary of Union

Bengaluru, Feb 15: Over 500 domestic workers converged at the Bangalore Multipurpose Social Service Society hall adjacent to the Archbishops House February 15th, 11 am, under the aegis of the Akhila Karnataka Domestic Workers Trade Union marking the 5th Anniversary since its foundation. The Union founded by Sr. Nisha of the Franciscan Servants of Mary meets every year to deliberate, discuss and address issues concerning the welfare of its members regarding their work and their families.  The Union also held its Annual General Body meeting after members presented a cultural program and also shared their positive and negative work experiences in the presence of Archbishop Dr. Bernard Moras.

The Archbishop in his message to the gathering applauded the work of the union in bringing together people in this work sector, which otherwise go unnoticed.  He also appreciated the work and commitment of the priests and religious involved in the activities of the Union.  Speaking about the dignity of labor, Archbishop Moras said “The Church recognizes the dignity of labor and so you too should find joy in whatever you do”. The Archbishop quoting from St. Paul said “We are familiar with the passage that those who do not work should not eat.  This, understood in its right perspective, means, we must not remain idle so long as we are able.  Our work brings means for our sustenance”.

Among those present were Secretaries of the Commission for Migrants and Itinerant people, Fr. Martin Puthusserry, general secretary and Fr. Shaju Kalappurakkal, Executive secretary. Fr Francis Guntapilly Regional Secretary of the Commission for Labor, KRCR (Karnataka Regional Conference of Religious), Sr Nisha founder of the Union, Sr Risy Joseph Secretary of the Andhra unit of Union, Sr Sali, Incharge of social welfare of the Kerala unit and Sr.Valsa.  The Union is affiliated to the CFTUI (Confederation of Free Trade Union of India). Kanakarao, President of the Private Union affiliated to the CFTUI was guest of honor.