Laura Sanz, professor of the degrees in Law and Business and Technology at University Camilo José Cela, has published a study on The Conversation platform on the employment situation of domestic workers and those who care for elderly people with limited mobility.
Sanz argues that “Spain has over 400,000 domestic and care workers who, despite complying with having registered with the social security for domestic workers, are not eligible for unemployment benefits and, furthermore, some of their working and social conditions are unjustifiable”.
Due to this situation, the UCJC professor claims that this group is not reflected among those whom the Spanish government has included in its extraordinary urgent measures to face the economic and social impact that has affected salaried workers, employers and self-employed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For home and care workers, remote working is not applicable for obvious reasons. They can hardly comply with the confinement order because they need to appear every day at their workplace, exposing themselves to the same risk of contagion as the rest of the workers who are still active, who are protected by furlough in case they are affected”, she says in her article.
Laura Sanz concludes by asking several questions about the immediate future of this sector, and encouraging the reformulation of measures to help these workers in this time of job uncertainty caused by the entire country being in lockdown to fight against coronavirus infections.