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01-05-2016

EP resolution on Women Domestic Workers and Carers was approved

The European Parliament adopted a Report on women domestic workers and carers in the EU

On 28 April 2016, the European Parliament adopted a Report on women domestic workers and carers in the EU with 279 votes for, 105 against and 204 abstentions.

Kostadinka KUNEVA (Greek member of the GUE group) commented the approval reminding that her report’s main aim was to give voice and visibility to women domestic workers and carers. The report’s content was watered down by Parliament’s last vote as for some MEPs the original text presented subsidiarity issues. Nevertheless, the 5 key points the parliamentary resolution calls for are:

1)    Professionalization and skill recognition of relevant workforce;

2)   Recognition of domestic work and care services as normal work;

3)   The ratification of ILO Convention 189 on the rights of domestic workers (which has been ratified only by 6 Member States this far);

4)    Domestic workers and carers’ right to unionize and to bargain collective agreements;

5)    The proposition of a set of policy measures to be put forward by the European Commission.