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Argentina: Passes domestic workers law, adding protections after long fight

Argentina: Passes domestic workers law, adding protections after long fight

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by IDWFED published Mar 21, 2013 12:00 AM
On Mar 13, legislators passed the law that required the employers of domestic workers to register them with the country's social security system. As a result, the workers will become eligible for benefits such as retirement, paid sick leave.

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On Mar 13, legislators passed the law that required the employers of domestic workers to register them with the country's social security system.  As a result, the workers will become eligible for benefits such as retirement, paid sick leave.

Seventeen percent of all employed women in Argentina are domestic workers, according to the country’s Ministry of Labor. Like domestic workers in the U.S. and other countries, many of them suffer from harsh working conditions. Those include low wages, long hours, and no paid maternity leave or compensation for workplace accidents. But their situation is about to change: across Argentina, they unionized and lobbied national legislators, who just passed a law that will afford them greater protection.

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Source: Eilís O’Neill/FSRN

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