Welfare Marginalization and the Care Work Sector
It is estimated that there are 50 to 100 million care workers in the EU. The vast majority of these are undocumented, are not eligible for maternity allowance,are paid less than minimum wage, and work longer hours than allowed. At the same time, welfare benefits have been marginalized, and devastating consequences to the public economy have resulted since taxes are not being deducted. To fight the phenomenon of illegal domestic work, the EU adopted a regulation framework; Convention No 189. In this paper the author illustrates how the EU can benefit both financially and socially, if this regulation is implemented through the 27 countries. The author also describes the working conditions of care in Greece in terms of legislation, and describes the attitude of society towards this phenomenon.
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