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Dignifying domestic and care work

Rights. A document with 68 proposals has been presented to dignify the current situation of domestic workers.

As part of International Migrants Day, a document was presented with 68 proposals to dignify and raise awareness relating to domestic work and the care of others, a sector with a high number of women and a high percentage of workers of foreign origin.

The proposals, put together by the Barcelona Municipal Immigration Council (CMIB), are aimed at different administrations according to their responsibilities. In the municipal sphere, there is a commitment to conduct a study and an analysis of the state of the sector and labour conditions for workers. At the same time, the idea is to create tax breaks to incentivise contracts, push for the creation of a specialist service offering integrated support, guarantee access to training for people in irregular administrative situations and promote Barcelona Activa as a way of facilitating their labour insertion.

The Commissioner for Immigration, Interculturality and Diversity, Lola López, called on the Spanish government for “the immediate and effective ratification of the 189th convention by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to match domestic workers’ rights with those of the rest of workers on the general social security system”.

The data offered by the ILO shows that Spain, along with France and Italy, is one of the EU countries which generates the most domestic work, with 750,000 people working in this sector.

An unprotected sector

The urgent review of current regulations, which keep over 700,000 people in situations of social inequality, must help put an end to health risks at work, difficulty in accessing pensions and benefits, and the precariousness and violation of labour rights in general in this sector.

More dignification measures

The document presented represents another step towards putting the emphasis on municipal policies relating to care work. In May, the municipal government measure for the democratisation of care was presented and in the final full council session of the year on 22 December an institutional declaration will be read out with the aim of incentivising contracts for domestic workers.


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