Domestic workers play a vital role in our society by providing essential services such as cleaning, cooking, and childcare. However, despite their crucial role, domestic workers often face exploitation, discrimination, and poor working conditions. To address these issues, the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers in 2011.
In 2019, Spain became the 28th country to ratify the Convention, affirming its commitment to improving the rights and working conditions of domestic workers.
The Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers is an international labor standard that seeks to protect the rights of domestic workers and provide them with decent working conditions.
The Convention defines domestic work as work performed in or for a household, and it includes tasks such as cleaning, cooking, childcare, and care for the elderly or disabled.
The Convention establishes minimum standards for domestic workers, including the right to fair wages, working hours, and rest periods, as well as protections against discrimination, abuse, and forced labor.
The Convention also requires countries to provide social protections such as health care, social security, and access to education and training.
Spain’s adhesion to the Convention has several implications for domestic workers and employers in Spain.
Some of the key implications include:
• Domestic workers are entitled to the same minimum wage as other workers in Spain, which is currently €9.27 per hour.
• Domestic workers have the right to a maximum working day of 8 hours and a maximum working week of 40 hours. Overtime work must be paid at a higher rate.
• Domestic workers are entitled to at least one day off per week and to paid vacation time.
• Domestic workers are protected against discrimination and harassment based on their gender, race, religion, or nationality.
• Domestic workers are entitled to social protections such as health care, social security, and access to education and training.
Spain’s adhesion to the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers may have implications for international companies with employees in Spain who work in domestic services.
These companies will be required to comply with the Convention’s minimum standards and provide their employees with decent working conditions, fair wages, and social protections.
However, complying with the Convention’s provisions may also provide these companies with a competitive advantage by attracting and retaining skilled domestic workers who are seeking better working conditions and protections.
Spain’s adhesion to the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers is a significant step towards improving the rights and working conditions of domestic workers.
The Convention’s provisions will provide domestic workers in Spain with the same protections as other workers, including fair wages, decent working conditions, and social protections.
At Employing In Spain, we understand the importance of complying with labor and employment laws in Spain, such as the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.
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