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Labor plans to pass an emergency regulation in July that will expand domestic workers’ rights

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The Ministry of Labor and Social Economy plans to submit to the Council of Ministers in July for approval the Royal Decree-Law that will adapt the ILO Convention 189, recently ratified by Spain, to Spanish legislation so that domestic workers have the same rights as other workers, such as the right to unemployment benefits or decent wages.

“The calendar is immediate: a state of emergency rule and that it comes into force as soon as possible, that is our goal to resolve it during the month of July,” announced Secretary of State for Employment and Social Economy Joaquín Pérez on Thursday after Meeting they held with the CCOO and UGT unions, which was also attended by the second vice-president of the government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz.

The unions had requested a meeting with the Minister of Labor to discuss the legislative action needed to bring into force ILO Convention 189 on domestic workers, which was ratified by Congress on June 9 and will soon be ratified by the Senate must be ratified.

Both the Department of Labor and the unions have described the hour-long meeting as “fruitful” because they said they agreed on the points to be negotiated.

The Secretary of State for Labor and Social Economy has pointed out that this legal settlement is “one of the great historical debts” to a “fundamental” but “often invisible” group. “For years, domestic workers have been excluded from full recognition of workers’ rights,” he lamented.

However, he specified that “it is not enough” to ratify ILO Convention 189, but that it is now necessary to transpose it into Spanish legislation, “to guarantee them the status of full citizenship, that they have all the rights to Unemployment have salary of guarantee fund, prevention of occupational risks and that their salaries are reasonable”.

For this reason, in order to eliminate this “historical discrimination”, the Ministry of Labor wants these rights to be recognized “as soon as possible” before the last Council of Ministers of the summer, i.e. in the month of July, “so that they can come into force as soon as possible can”.

According to the Ministry of Labour, almost 400,000 domestic workers are registered with social security in Spain. According to Joaquín Pérez, this rule, which they will agree to, could also be an incentive to avoid abuse and encourage labor relationships built through informal channels.


For its part, CCOO has agreed that the meeting was “fruitful”. Among their demands, they have asked Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz for the “equality” of the rights of domestic workers with those of “other workers” in Spain and, in particular, that the new regulation recognize the right to collective bargaining.

“Agreement 189 has yet to be ratified in the Senate and then specific adjustments will need to be made to align it with our legislation and for CCOO one of the fundamental issues of this adjustment is the recognition of these workers’ right to collective bargaining. as set out in the above agreement. Therefore, this will be a very important step in consolidating rights,” stressed CCOO Labor and Employment Secretary Mari Cruz Vicente after the meeting.

As Vicente explained, they asked for this meeting with Minister Yolanda Díaz because they wanted to know how the translation into Spanish legislation would be approached so that the ratification of Convention 189 would be valid.

She has also pointed out that they had to start this process of dialogue “in order to comply with the ruling of the EU Supreme Court granting domestic workers a number of rights”.

From CCOO they have stressed that they have “more or less agreed on the issues to be negotiated, not only the right to unemployment benefits and the right to the salary guarantee fund in cases where it was needed”, but also in the “equation” . from the rights of domestic workers to those of “other workers” in Spain.

“By doing this, we want to give prestige to work in the home environment and for this we must take measures that lead to them being treated like any other worker in our country,” noted Mari Cruz Vicente.

In this sense, he added that they will continue to “talk and contribute” so that the legislation adopted is adapted to the new needs of today’s workers and then “tackle situations such as those already created by digital platforms and others”.

Source europapress.es

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