Congress approves the agreement that protects domestic workers recognizing their right to collect unemployment

The plenary session of the Congress of Deputies has endorsed the ratification of agreement 189 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) that extends the rights of domestic workers, among others, unemployment protection.

The ratification has gone ahead with 341 votes in favor, no rejection and one abstention.

This agreement, which the Government submitted to the Cortes a little over two months ago, guarantees that the rights of domestic workers enjoy equitable and no less favorable conditions than the conditions applicable to the rest of the workers.

Currently, domestic workers, framed in a specific Social Security regime, do not have the right to unemployment benefit, something that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently ruled discriminatory.

The parliamentary groups have welcomed this ratification and have asked for the regulatory development necessary to ensure compliance.

“It’s a question of justice and dignity”, underlined the deputy of the PSOE Maria Dolores Narvaez.

In front of the Congress of Deputies, groups of domestic workers and care and the feminist movement have celebrated “a historic victory”.

Upon ratifying the convention, Spain must adopt measures to ensure that domestic workers, like other workers in general, enjoy fair employment conditions and decent working conditions.

It also establishes that workers must be informed about the conditions of employment in an adequate, truthful and understandable manner, prioritizing the written contract and regulates equal treatment with the rest of the workers in general in terms of breaks Y holidays.

It also regulates the conditions of repatriation of migrant domestic workers at the end of their contract, and ensures the freedom of workers to reach agreements with the employer on their residence in the work home, rest periods and the preservation of their travel and identity documents.

Regarding remuneration, it is stipulated the salary perception at least once a month, limiting remuneration in kind.

The legislative adjustments required by the international standardafter its ratification, are already in process.

The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has already advanced that, after the ratification, legislation will be legislated to equalize their labor rights giving access to unemployment benefits.

According to data for the month of May from the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, the total number of people affiliated with this scheme in Spain is 378,178the vast majority women.