Domestic cleaners and carers given better workers’ rights in Spain

  • Spanish carers and cleaners have no social or labour protection
  • New Law to provide unemployment benefits and other protection
  • More than 370,000 to benefit 

    A new law passed by the Spanish government gives hundreds of thousands of carers and domestic cleaners unemployment benefits and other job protection measures.The law will benefit more than 370,000 people one third of whom are aged 50 or over. 95 per cent are women. More than 40 per cent are foreigners mainly from Colombia, Honduras and Romania.

    Most carers and house cleaners in Spain have no social or labour protection and often work up to 60 hours a week.

    They could also be fired without notice or justification.

    The law will take effect in October.

    The law follows recommendations from both the European Union and the International Labour Organisation that people employed in private houses must have the same rights as other workers.

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