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									                              Towards a Care Right?
          Domestic Work Status, Migration & the Social Organisation of Care

Abstract of the presentation by Amaia Orozco – UN-INSTRAW, at the Seminar “Strategies for
Empowerment of (Immigrant) Domestic Workers”

Geneva, 30th Nov-1st Dec 2009

The presentation provides information on the project “Building networks: Latin-American
migrant women in global care chains”. It involves inter-regional migration (from Bolivia,
Ecuador and Peru to Spain) and intra-regional (from Peru to Chile). First, preliminary results of
the research phase developed in the five countries are summarized. This research was aimed
at answering the following question: What is the meaning and impact of global care chains in
terms of development? Secondly, it is explained how the research results fed the elaboration
of a political incidence strategy in Spain, which was centred on the legal regulation of domestic
work and migrants domestic workers’ rights.


UN-INSTRAW’s work on global care chains draws on two preliminary insights: On the one hand,
any question on the nexus between development and migration must pay attention to care (as
a key part of the socioeconomic structure) and to migrants’ rights (as long as development is
the process of enlarging people’s access to and exercise of rights). On the other, care is already
globalized, thus a translational perspective and attention to migration processes are needed
when understanding care schemes. These ideas underlie the work of UN-INSTRAW’s “gender,
migration and development” team on global care chains (GCC), which are seen as a “strategic
instantiation” of links between migration and development from a gender perspective.
Through our projects we try to answer the following question: What is the meaning and impact
of global care chains in terms of development?

Bearing such a question in mind, the project Building Networks: Latin-American Migrant
Women in Global Care Chains has been developed. Through its research component it sought
to answer it and to identify key agents shaping GCC and their discourses. Through it’s the
project involved migration from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, and from Peru to Chile. A
similar project dealing with migration from Paraguay to Argentina and from Nicaragua to Costa
Rica will start next February 2010.

The preliminary findings of the research show that migration renders visible pre-existing
problems in the social organization of care, related to the current existence of unjust care
regime. Those unjust care regimes are characterized by:
    - The long-standing connection between care, social inequality and exclusion from
        citizenship, which is taking on new and serious global dimensions today:
              Sex, social class, ethnicity, immigration status shape care regimes; nowadays
                 we are witnessing a refashioning of the sexual division of labor
              The access to decent care is a dimension that distinguishes privileged social
                 groups from non-privileged ones that are tied to reality of precarious care.
                 Care must be redistributed, i.e. must enter into redistributional policies
    - The inexistence of a social responsibility towards care: (women at) households are
        responsible for care. This implies the systemic (although diverse) violation of a
        multidimensional care rights. This care right includes: The right to receive needed care
        in different circumstances and at different points in one’s life. The right to choose
        whether or not one wants to provide care, combining a right to provide care in decent
        conditions with a right to not provide care. And the right to dignified working
        conditions in the care sector.

We can state there are serious problems in the social provision of care that migration neither
creates in the country of origin nor solves in the country of destination. Rather, in both cases,
migration merely reveals existing problems. Put another way, the globalization of care, and
particularly the formation of care chains, is making visible existing problems regarding the
access and enjoyment of care rights that

                                               Seen in this light, the question becomes: is
                        broader                the globalization of care serving as a
                        context:               catalyst for the formation of a collective
                          care
                                               voice to demand public accountability and
                         regime
                                               social responses to these problems, which
              Criss-
             crossed                           are now more visible than ever? The
                by                             answer is disappointing. We are witnessing
             immigr                            a process that we can call the double
              ation       A fair place         privatization of social reproduction in
                         for DW & its          which the responsibility for guaranteeing
                           workers
                                               social reproduction is considered a
                                               household responsibility, and where
                                               different resources combine – such as
unpaid work, public services, and increasingly the purchase of services – resulting in
commodification of care.

The abovementioned are the general findings of the project. The following ones are the
findings of the research for the Spanish case:




In accordance to this, the political incidence phase was implemented through a series of threes
seminars, which were aimed at: 1- Strengthening dialogue between Agents 1 in order to place
domestic work (DW) demands for care policies in context & to link them with immigration
issues (2 seminars). And 2- Making an impact on the agendas of Agents 2 (1 seminar).

We decided to focus on the legal scheme regulating DW. Why so? First, because it a key labor
niche for immigrant women (who account for 60% of workers). Secondly, because this scheme
is discriminatory per se but moreover, it becomes a node of violations of care rights: it is often
unfulfilled; it indirectly penalizes maternity; it imposes severe reconciliation difficulties to its
workers; it harms the right to receive care as long as it does not recognize professional
illness/accident, and implies problems with sick leave; it exposes workers to severe
vulnerability to abuse and violence… And thirdly, because of the convenient political situation:
there is a Governmental will to change DW scheme.

The series of three seminars were entitled “Care rights? The status of domestic work from a
transnational perspective.” Its main insight was that DW is not an isolated issue but a part of a
complex gears. Thus a just place for DW and its workers cannot be achieved without dealing
with the broader context of the whole care regime and without specifically dealing with the
issue of migration.

The dialogue between feminist organizations, (women) migrants’ associations, and
(immigrant) domestic workers organizations resulted in the elaboration of a list of proposals
(see annex). (It must be pinpointed the immigrant and autochthonous domestic workers were
truly in tune). This list proposes measures to impact three related dimensions:
    - Situation of domestic work:
              Equating DW to other sectors as regards labor legislation and social protection
              Guaranteeing the fulfillment of legislation
              Ending the individualized & invisible character of the labor relationship
    - Situation of immigrant (domestic) workers:
              Ending vulnerability due to migration & DW regulations overlapping
              Rights expansion covering all workers (undocumented): reviewing immigrt.
                  laws from a gender & care perspective
              Labor rights attending transnational families
    - Care regime:
              Coordination with the revision of “dependence law”
              Putting care at the core of a new sustainable (re)productive model: anti-crisis
                  measures

These results provide some insight for future work. On the one hand, and regarding the
political impact in Spain: (1) DW scheme is going to change, but as much as needed? A bad
agreement is better than nothing? Further monitoring of the process is needed. (2) A key
question is raised: How do we fight for domestic workers’ rights without penalization
immigrants? Further work to avoid it is needed. (3) Difficulties for inter-ministerial work &
difficult relationships with trade-unions were detected. Can local incidence be a smart strategy
to surmount them?

On the other hand and regarding the transnational dimensions of the project, three main
questions appear: (1) Specifying the focus of political incidence in the countries of origin is not
so clear: should it be aimed at disarming an alarmist discourse of family/social breakdown? (2)
Is there a smooth relationship between (immigrant) domestic workers in destination countries
and in countries of origin? And (3) there is a need of transnational impact, but: what should it
be aimed at and how should it be implemented? Is the ILO convention a convenient and
potentially unifying process?

Further information on the project, its findings and related products can be found at: www.un-
instraw.org
.
Annex




                PROPOSALS DOCUMENT

     ELABORATED BY DOMESTIC WORKERS, IMMIGRANT
 ASSOCIATIONS, AND FEMINIST MOVEMENT ORGANIZATIONS

               COORDINATED BY UN-INSTRAW




 This document is the result of the debates held during conferences on
       September 26th, 23rd and 24th of October, 17TH November.



     These claims were presented to representatives of Trade Union
 Commision (CC.OO.), the General Union of Workers (UGT), Department
of Equal Rights, Department of Health and Social Policy, and Department
                       of Labour and Immigration



 Conferences: A JUST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORK AND ITS WORKERS
                                                                COMMITMENT PROPOSALS

                                                 A JUST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORK AND ITS WORKERS

                                                                 DIMENSIONS OF IMPACT

                                                             DOMESTIC WORK
    THE SITUATION OF IMMIGRANT                                                                                  EL RÉGIMEN DE CUIDADOS REGIMEN ON
         DOMESTIC WORKERS                    Objective 3: Equalize labour rights to match other sectors                  DOMESTIC WORK
                                             Measures:
Objectives 1 and 2:                          4. Equalize Work Statute                                          Objective 7: Effective guarantee of right to
                                             5. Inclusion into the General Scheme                              receive care without breaking one’s labour
   End the vulnerability derived from       Objective 4: Guarantee fair labour conditions                     rights and the right to not care-give
    the cross between the Special            Measures:                                                         14. Measures: Revision of the law 39/2006
    Scheme for Domestic Workers and          6. Impact of intermediary mechanisms                                  (law of dependence) that guarantees:
    Immigration Legislation                     6.1. Actions taken by placement agencies under legal               14.1.        Abolition of “familiar non-
   Guarantee the expansion of labour                parameters                                                         professional care-giving” benefit
    rights effectively reach all domestic       6.2. Social labour services as intermediaries                      14.2.        Clarification of the different
    workers, no matter their migration          6.3. Incite unifying agreements of conditions                           roles of domestic work
    status.                                  7. Action taken by labour inspection
                                             8. Effective protection for maternity                             Objective 8: Establish care at the core of a
Measures:
                                             9. Encouragement for denouncing violations of conditions          new (re)productive sustainable model
1. Urgent passing to the General Scheme
2. Revision of the immigration legislation   Objective 5: Domestic workers recognized as direct                Measures:
   through a gender and domestic work        negotiators                                                       15. Revision of the anti-crisis measures
   perspective                               10. Measures: establish channels for the participation of             taken
   2.1. Facilitate regulation for having         domestic workers                                                  15.1.       Redirection of measures
        social y labour roots in Spain       Objective 6: Break from work that is individual, invisible, and            toward the creation of quality
   2.2. Revise criteria for regrouping       unvalued                                                                   public care services
        families                             Measures:                                                             15.2.       Application of measures for
   2.3. Protection from violence and         11. Assistance forming cooperatives                                        the immigrant population
        harassment                           12. Action to raise awareness                                     16. Care at the center of “sustainable
3. Attention to transnational families       13. Assistance with becoming affiliated                               economy” law
   with conciliation rights                                                                                    17. Analysis on gender impact
                                                                     COMMITMENT PROPOSALS

                                                       A JUST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORK AND ITS WORKERS

                                                        JUNCTURES, RESPONSABILITIES AND WORK GROUPS

Constitution of a multi-departmental work group to coordinate the passing of the         Specific role of the trade unions
Special Scheme of Domestic Work (REEH) to the General Scheme and the revision of             Coordinate and assist domestic work related associations
the Law 39/2006                                                                              Open up the affiliation and defense of rights for domestic
    - Participants:                                                                               workers, including those of undocumented immigrants
            o Department of Labour and Immigration, Department of Health and                 Assistance and pressure towards achieving equal labour
                Social Policy, and the Department of Equal Rights                                 conditions for domestic work and other sectors
            o State Platform of Domestic Work Associations
            o Individual experts on the interaction between the REEH and Immigration     Specific role of the Department for Equal Rights:
                Law                                                                          Take on a special role in achieving objectives 6 and 8
            o Individual experts on the gender impact of the law 39/2006                     Supervise the process for achieving a just place for domestic
    - Commitment: guarantee the coordination of both reform processes, especially:               work and its workers in the three main areas
            o The specific role of the law 39/2006 for domestic work                         Guarantee the coordination of all participants in achieving
            o The professionalization of care-takers and domestic work, guaranteeing             objectives 1 to 7
                a bridge between the two                                                     Involve all other pertinent participants in the process

Current situation:                                                                       Specific role of the Department of Labour and Immigration:
     Spanish chairmanship of the EU:                                                        Guarantee the achievement of objectives 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 by
            a. Introduce care-takers as a central axis of change in the productive               applying all necessary measures
                model.                                                                       Coordinate the achievement of objectives 6, 7 and 8 with all
            b. Specifically address the situation of the domestic workers when dealing           necessary participants
                with immigration                                                             Involve other pertinent participants in the process
     An instrumental international debate on the protection of domestic work in         Specific role of the Health and Social Policy:
       the OIT (International Organization for Work)                                         Guarantee the achievement of objective 7 by applying all
            a. Active engagement and commitment by the government and trade                       necessary measures
                unions to dignify domestic work throughout the process                       Coordinate the achievement of the objectives with all necessary
            b. Opening up effective participatory mechanisms for domestic work                    participants
                related associations                                                         Involve other pertinent participants in the process
                                  COMMITMENT PROPOSALS

                   A JUST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORK AND ITS WORKERS


       DIMENSION OF IMPACT: THE SITUATION OF IMMIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS


   Objective 1:End the vulnerability derived from the cross between the Special Scheme for
    Domestic Workers (REEH) and Immigration Legislation

The intersection the exists between the Special Scheme for Domestic Workers (REEH) and
current Immigration Legislation places immigrant domestic workers in an intensified situation
of vulnerability.

For example, the connection between the work availability and authorization in a context
where the REEH makes it difficult to demonstrate that the job actually exists (oral contracts, no
obligation to pay insurance for less than 72 hours a month of work, non-existent
unemployment benefits, etc) exposes people to highly vulnerable situations when facing the
possible loss of a work permit. The fear of a possible opening of an expulsion order is an anti-
incentive for denouncing violated labour rights, especially when the Labour Inspection does
not act independently. The possibility that someone may take up to 45% of one’s salary for
housing and maintenance supposes that internal domestic workers/care-takers often can not
reach the necessary levels of income demanded upon them for regrouping family members.

Objective 2: Guarantee the expansion of labour rights effective reach all domestic workers,
no matter their migration status

The current REEH has brought about the proliferation of the informal market of work (by the
end of 2007, the informal market has reached 53.7% for immigrants). This high percentage of
the informal sector constitutes a labour opening that is fundamental for undocumented
women. At the same time, the work in this sector allows few possibilities for changing ones’
administrative situation due to the informal nature of the work and the strict requisites for
legalization through the social or labour roots process of legalization in Spain. In conjuncture
with this, the informal work and the undocumented situation of these workers feed into one
another because even though there may be a potential expansion of labour rights for this
sector, it may not have a large impact of the undocumented immigrants working as domestic
workers.

Measures:
1. Urgent passing to the General Scheme

The above is an additional motive for arguing that domestic work should be treated as all other
sectors of work in order to prevent the intensified vulnerability that immigrant workers
experience due to their dependence on obtaining and renovating work permits.

2. Revision of the immigration legislation through a gender and domestic work perspective

In general, immigration law does not offer an answer to this differential situation and specific
necessities of immigrant women nor does it offer a process for immigrant people who
acknowledge their care-giving rights, meaning that the acknowledge their necessities and
responsibilities to care take.

    2.1. Facilitate regulation for having social and labour roots in Spain

It is necessary to discuss the most pertinent measures and variables, which are situated in the
following:
      - Reduction of the minimum income obligations for soliciting social or labour roots
      - Elimination of all minimum income obligations for the employers, in case it proves
         their dependant situation of the persona who receives care-takers
      - Possibility of soliciting legalization through the demonstration of work for various
         employees (people who hold multiple jobs)
      - Introduction of a specific clause for social or labour roots for domestic workers so that
         they can apply for it under a 3 month working relationship
      - Possibility of social or labour roots when denouncing employers who offer abusive
         labour conditions

    2.2. Revise criteria for regrouping family members

It is necessary to revise the current criteria under two conditions:
- The regulations in the Organic Protection Law in the LO 4/2000 reform return make it
      difficult for immigrant women to assist family members as a conciliation strategy for
      labour and family life (strategy derived by “inexistent methods that would be adequate for
      conciliation of their personal, labour, and family life”, Strategic Citizen and Integration Plan
      2007-2010) by impeding regrouping of family
- The criteria currently required for regrouping family members are virtually unattainable
      for immigrant domestic workers (for example, the requirements for income and adequate
      housing is out of reach for immigrants who work as internal care-takers).

    2.3. Protection from violence and harassment

The unique and invisible labour relations in this sector, combined with the peculiar
vulnerability of immigrant women, especially for those who are undocumented, implies a high
vulnerability for sexual abuse and violence from employers. Measures need to be taken in
order to guarantee a special protection and assistance for these workers.

3. Attention to transnational families with conciliation rights

The labour rules focus on a new reality (regarding the guarantee of care-takers as an
international labour market) with an old focus restricted to national territories. In the same
sense, many transnational families are not acknowledged as individuals with labour rights,
even though these rights exist. In order to plow down these deficiencies, medications such as
the following can be introduced:
     Modify permits for care-takers (family sick leave, extended leave for absence,
         maternity leave, etc)
     Allow for the potential inclusion of visiting rights financed by additional insurance
         payments
                                   COMMITMENT PROPOSALS

                   A JUST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORK AND ITS WORKERS


                          DIMENSION OF IMPACT: DOMESTIC WORK


Objective 3: Equalize labour rights to match other sectors

The current REEH is a discriminatory scheme given the feminization of the sector (90.5% in the
III trimester of 2009) that constitutes the case an indirect discrimination due to sex.

Measures:

It is necessary to include domestic work in the General Scheme, in order to establish as
minimal labour conditions what as been offered in the Work Statute. This should occur
without prejudice and should established mechanisms to improve the protection of rights, due
to the specific nature of the sector. This peculiarity should never be a basis for sustaining legal
discrimination in a labour sector, but as specific mechanisms in order to develop the
protection of rights.

In this respect, the recommendations offered by the State Platform of Associations of
Domestic Workers should be attended to.

4. Equalize Work Statute

The Work Statute should be revised in accordance with the following criteria:
    - Compulsory written contract
    - Working day: maximum of 40 hours per week both for live-in and non live-in care
      givers. Work time, where presence is required but is not accounted for within the
      regular working day should disappear except in very specific cases (such as over-night
      care-giving), in which it should be strictly regulated. In the case of over-night care-
      giving, the maximum working day should be between 9pm and 8am, 5 days a week
    - Wages: monetary wage should not be lower than the inter-professional wage. Every
      hour that the worker is at the disposal of the employer should be paid. Extra payments
      for 30 days.
    - Discounts due to accommodation and maintenance: forbidden in the case of live-ins.
      For workers who are non-live-ins, discounts should be agreed upon through written
      contracts and specified how much for each concept; discounts accounting for a
      percentage of wages should be forbidden.
    - Resting hours: One and a half day per week (36 hours back to back) and a minimum of
      10 hours rest within working hours
    - Severance pay: equal to those of other sectors. Employers should not have the
      possibility of “giving up” employees

5. Inclusion in the General Scheme

The following changes are needed for Social Security:
    - General Social Security Scheme payment from the first working hour
    - Social Security Payments continuously made by the employer and the employee
    -   Work-related accident protection and specification of employers’ duties recognition
        with respect to labour health, including accommodation and maintenance conditions.
    -   Temporary sick leave to be equal to that of the General Scheme
    -   Unemployment benefits


Objective 4: Guarantee fair labour conditions

The current regulation is not only discriminatory but is not often followed. The informal
nature in which more than half of domestic workers in the sector work and the poor use of the
rights for the inalienability of one’s home that prevents labour inspections creates a
proliferation of situations in which the minimal labour conditions are not completed with
impunity. For this reason, it is essential to have services that act as intermediaries in order to
determine the conditions in which the labour relationship is established.

Measures:
6. Impact of intermediary mechanisms

    6.1. Actions taken by placement agencies under legal parameters

Placement agencies should function with the permission of the National Institute of Labour
(INEM). Agencies that are for-profits are legally prohibited. Those that are situated along the
margin of being legal (because they falsely run under selection agencies and no not hold
permissions to do so, because they are receiving profits, because they negotiate labour
conditions that do not comply with the rules…) should be pursued by the labour authorities,
sanctioned, and in some cases, immediately closed.

    6.2. Social labour services as intermediaries

Domestic work should be offered by public placement services

    6.3. Incite unifying agreements of conditions

Successful experiences exist where several organizations who act as intermediaries for
domestic work have unified criteria for establishing labour conditions that improve the current
rules. These initiatives should be promoted.

7. Action taken by labour inspection

Special labour inspections should respect the principal of inalienability of someone’s home but
at the same time permit one to know what is occurring in someone’s place of work (by means
of the worker, an external recognition outside of the home, neighbors, etc.)

8. Effective protection for maternity

End legal anti-protection: The rights of pregnant domestic workers should be attended to
when fired for this reason: personal and family intimacy and anti-discrimination due to sex.
The historical prevalence has been annulled by the Supreme Court of Justice in Madrid on the
24th of November, 2008. So, all firing that takes place under these circumstances should be
understood as a null and void dismissal with appropriate compensation. This will avoid having
workers, although they have been fired illegally; continue to pay for their insurance benefits
on their own in order to be paid for maternity leave.
9. Encouragement for denouncing violations of conditions

Frequently, domestic workers work under conditions that do not comply with current
legislation. It is necessary to encourage the denouncement of these situations, especially
when immigrants are undocumented.




Objective 5: Domestic workers recognized as direct negotiators

Measures
10. Establish channels for the participation of domestic workers

Objective 6: A Break from work that is individual, invisible, and devalued

One essential problem for domestic workers is the individualized character in which the labour
relationship is established: between a private residence and a worker, without the general
collective mechanisms existing for negotiation, establishment of labour conditions, conflict
resolution, etc. This relationship can be painful for both parties, but it especially vulnerable for
the worker. In addition, domestic work is not considered as valuable work, does not require
any qualifications, and does not offer salary differences for qualifications, even though there is
generally a list of knowledge often required for a position. The invisibility of this work is
intimately related to the domestic world in which it takes place.

Measures:
11. Assistance forming cooperatives

Forming micro-business, socially initiated cooperatives for domestic work could resolve
multiple problems not only for the worker (leaving the REEH, grounds for negotiation, etc) but
also for the employer (such as having a substitute for a sick worker)

12. Action to raise awareness

Raise awareness aimed at: (1) Reevaluate the role of the domestic workers as a fundamental
element of the socio-economic system, who collaborate with the daily sustainability of homes,
in the conciliation of work and family life, and in the care of those who need it. And (2)
informing both employers and employees on their respective rights and duties.

13. Assistance with becoming affiliated

Assistance is needed with becoming affiliated with existing labour unions, the confirmation of
their own labour union, and their own organizations.
                                  COMMITMENT PROPOSALS

                   A JUST PLACE FOR DOMESTIC WORK AND ITS WORKERS


                      DIMENSION OF IMPACT: THE CARE-TAKER SCHEME


Domestic Work forms a part of the complex network of resources (domestic, public,
commercial, communal) for those homes that are in need of care-giving. These networks also
represent a transnational dimension. For this reason, one can not focus on only one piece of
the puzzle.
The overall impact on the domestic workers has to be considered and the current Care-taker
Scheme which is known for being unjust and reproducing inequality (by sex, class, legal status,
function diversity, etc.) needs to be redeveloped.

Objective 6: Effective guarantee of right to receive care without breaking one’s labour rights
and the right to not care-give:

Law 39/2006 on Personal Autonomous Promotion and Attention for People in Dependant
Situations recognizes the right to receive care in situations of dependency. The following
development of the law and the System of Attention for Dependency (SND) collided the right
to receive care with that of two other rights: the right to not care for someone in your family
(la guarantee of a sufficient level of family breakdown) and the right to dignified labour
conditions in the care-giving sector (professional and non-professional care-takers, domestic
workers and personal assistants). The revision process should take advantage of this law by
solving these serious problems.

Measures::

14. Revision of the law 39/2006 (Law of Dependence) that guarantees
    14.1.       Abolition of “familiar non-professional care-giving” benefit

Article 18 established the right to receive economic benefits for non-professional, family care-
takers. However, this only constitutes 51.4% of the benefits given, so that the family care-
takers are converted into the fundamental pillars of the SND. These benefits are not a salary
for workers (only a benefit for the person who is in need of a care-taker), nor is it enough
money to live on (it does not give access to maternity leave, unemployment or guarantee
insurance benefits). At the same time, there is a serious lack of data and information
(separated by sex, affiliation to schemes, legal status, etc.).

This benefit and the development of adequate public service benefits (home help, day and
night centers, and residencies) should be guaranteed. For those who care-take within the
family, they should have dignified salaries and guaranteed social protection and this role
should establish bridges toward gaining professional experience. There needs to be a greater
access to data.

    14.2.       Clarification of the different roles of domestic work

If the White Book on Dependant Care contemplates domestic work, the law omits to
determine their role that they play. Professionals and non-professionals are not included.
Actually, the law acts as another pillar for dependent care. The way in which law 39/2006
operates, encourages informal contracts with care-takers. The role of the domestic worker
needs to be clarified, their functions defined, and their qualification demanded. This should be
harmonized with the professionalization of the diverse jobs of domestic workers and care-
takers.
Objective 7: Establish care at the core of a new (re)productive sustainable model

The current crisis situation obliges us to find a new sustainable productive model. Delegating
the responsibility to guarantee care-takers for women in the home is among the qualities that
have defined the current non-sustainable model. The public must assume the responsibility of
care-takers in the new sustainable model.

Measures:
15. Revision of the anti-crisis measures taken

The current measures taken should be revised according to the following:

    15.1.       Redirection of measures toward the creation of quality public care services of

The public investments in plans such as the PlanE have been redirected toward the
construction sector. By putting in action new public care-taker services (or by improving the
existing ones) a new mechanism can be created for immediate employment tat can be
sustained over time. Anti-crisis services should be geared towards public services that are of
high quality and direct contact, such as assistance given to dependent individuals, child-care,
and the maintenance and/or recuperation of university standards and the quality of education
and sanitary services.

    15.2.       Application of measures for the immigrant population

After the Law 30/2003 was approved, the rules elaborated by the government should be
accompanied by a report on the impact it has had on gender, which has not been completed
by the approval of other measures taken for the crisis. All anti-crisis measures should be
accompanied by reports on gender impact.

16. Care at the center of “sustainable economy” law

This law should revise the benefits in order to effectively guarantee the right to combine paid
work and non-paid carework. Also, it should contemplate measures to reduce the work day
without losing salary. All of this mentioned demands a revision of the system from a gender-
equity lens and a care-taker priority.

17. Analysis on gender impact

The adopted measures taken to sustain the salaries in a home, consumption, is not applicable
to the immigrant population, since losing unemployment benefits also means the loss of
residency and work. Immigrants should be guaranteed appropriate measures, such as a
guarantee of adequate rights and living conditions.

								
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