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Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

Europe: EESC addresses "Professionalization" of domestic work

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by IDWFED published Jan 21, 2011 12:00 AM
Contributors: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on “The professionalization of domestic work”.

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In 2010 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on “The professionalization of domestic work”.

The Recommendations include the support for an  “effective [ILO-] instrument that reflects the specific feature of this type of work”. 

Further they call on European Member States and social partners to “introduce legal solutions…including provisions in the era of tax, social insurance, labour law and civil law, …” and “[to] guarantee conditions that are no less favourable than those enjoyed by other workers in terms of health and safety at work and social security benefits, including maternity leave and retirement pensions.” 

Undocumented migrant domestic workers should enjoy in addition special protection.  The report further argues that a professionalization of domestic work is needed which would entail formal training and certification and thus provide quality services for the private household and be the basis for better protection of the workers. 

Source: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

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