Spain: EESC adopted an "opinion" paper on the rights of live-in care workers
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an “opinion” paper, to which IDWF provided input, on "the rights of live-in care workers, which we hope will be a good contribution to the discussion on how European societies should address home care workers.
In October, Wendy and Juanita Flores Galarza, members of IDWF Executive Committee, participated in the first Congress on Domestic and Care Work in Spain with approximately 300 workers. In Spain, 90% of domestic workers are women, mostly from Latin America, followed by Africa and Eastern Europe. In the Congress, participants were given the task of giving voice and visibility to the problems that domestic workers face such as social security, unemployment, migration legislation, occupational health and safety among other issues.
The hashtag #VisibilizarparaTransformar [#VisibilitytoTransform] was used and led to various protests in virtual spaces. As a result, on 1 and 2 October, this issue was ranked in Twitter as number 4 in the country. These were two days of joint work with associations, unions, government officials, but above all with domestic workers as the main protagonists who had full commitment to the discussions, a desire for change and a desire to increase the visibility for the sector.
The Congress was organized by women who have decided not to be victims, but to be active in the change they themselves claim in their work. Participants made a call to all institutions there ratification of C189, the implementation of labor laws, and training in occupational health and safety.
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