Working & living conditions of domestic workers: Indispensable yet unprotected
Geetika Sachdeva, Stuti Arora
The study investigates the working & living conditions of the domestic workers in Kolkata. A purposive and convenient sampling technique was employed. The sample comprised of total 220 respondents, covering total 48 full time workers (24 male workers and 24 female workers) and 172 part time domestic workers (76 male workers and 96 female workers). The data was gathered using two sets of questionnaire: a) a survey questionnaire by Indian Labour Organization (ILO) and b) a self prepared questionnaire along with 4 case studies conducted. The objective of the study was to study the demographic profile of the domestic workers and to investigate the problems in living and working conditions among male and female workers. It concludes that female workers were economically underprivileged as compared to male workers. The living and working conditions of male workers were better than the female workers. The work done by female workers were undervalued and unrecognized.