The rights of live-in care workers (own-initiative opinion)

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Stanovisko EHSV: The rights of live-in care workers (own-initiative opinion)

Key points

The EESC calls on the European Union to work closely with Member States to coordinate supply and mobility of live-in care workers as part of an approach to improve the overall capacity of the sector to deliver quality care. Specific measures should include: improving safeguards in the Employers’ Sanctions Directive (2009/52/EC) to protect labour rights of undocumented workers in order to tackle irregular employment. The Victims’ Rights Directive (2012/29/EU) must be rigorously applied to provide effective support for live-in care workers who are victims of exploitation, regardless of their migration status;

  • bringing all relevant EU directives into line with International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No 189 providing rights for domestic workers;
  • including the rights of live-in carers and their care recipients in revisions of European and Member States’ legislation;
  • prioritising the reform of live-in care arrangements in the European Platform Against Undeclared Work;
  • bringing their issues into the European Semester and including them in "New start for work-life balance" consultations;
  • initiating a Europe-wide information campaign on the rights of live-in care workers addressed to care users and providers;
  • promoting and supporting the establishment of organisations and cooperatives of live-in care workers;
  • implementing processes for recognition, harmonisation and transferability of qualifications and experience acquired by live-in care workers;
  • redirecting European funds to finance training courses for live-in care workers;
  • monitoring and improving posting of live-in carers by implementing the principle of equal pay for equal work.



Report on the EESC country visits to the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Poland following up on the EESC opinion on “The rights of live-in care workers”