The plenary session of the Congress of Deputies has supported the ratification of Convention 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 sent to the Cortes a little over two months ago, guarantees that the rights of domestic workers enjoy equitable conditions and are no less favorable than the conditions applicable to other 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 necessary regulatory development to guarantee compliance.

“It is a question of justice and dignity”, stressed the deputy of the PSOE María Dolores Narváez.

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

Upon ratifying the agreement, 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 and vacations.

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 documents. travel and identity.

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

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

The Second Vice President and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, has already advanced that, after ratification, legislation will be legislated to equalize their labor rights by 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 378,178, the vast majority of whom are women.

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