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Domestic Workers

There are almost 2.6 million domestic workers in Europe working in private homes or others. Though representing a huge and vital workforce, their economic and social contribution has often been denied and they are longing for recognition. Although domestic workers are finally enjoying more social rights, trade unions have a key role to play to achieve improved working conditions for domestic workers within and across borders. Since the EFFAT Congress in November 2019, EFFAT engagement towards domestic workers has been enshrined in the new EFFAT Statutes, the EFFAT Political Framework 2020-2024, and the EFFAT Action Plan 2020-2021. The first assembly for domestic workers took place in December 2020. The sector’s leadership will be elected in May 2021.

Political Secretary: Grace Papa – g.papa@effat.org  
President: Wendy Galarza, (FILCAMS-CGIL Italy)
Vice-presidents: Marissa Begonia, (UNITE/Voice of Domestic Workers, UK) & Malu Villanueva (FNV Migrant Domestic Workers, NL)
Tackling undeclared work in the PHS sector

Tackling undeclared work in the PHS sector

On March 2022, PHS Social Partners issued a set of recommendations calling Member States, the European Labour Authority and the European Commission to implement concrete actions that will contribute to the reduction of undeclared work in PHS. EFFAT, EFFE, EFSI and UNI...

Joint Statement on Eurofound’s Industrial relations landscape report

Joint Statement on Eurofound’s Industrial relations landscape report

The PHS (Personal Household Services) sector social partners EFFAT, EFFE, EFSI and UNI Europa welcome  the publication of the EUROFOUND  report "“Industrial relations landscape report on Central government administration, education, human health, local and regional...

EFFAT adopts position for a new vision on labour mobility

EFFAT adopts position for a new vision on labour mobility

On 1 June 2021 EFFAT held its second and very participated Executive Committee meeting of the year. During a fruitful, day-long discussion with affiliates, the Executive committee adopted an EFFAT position paper on labour mobility and migration (EN). EFFAT sectors...

EFFAT strengthens Domestic Work Sector by electing new leadership

EFFAT strengthens Domestic Work Sector by electing new leadership

Over the last year, EFFAT has started to build a sectoral structure for domestic workers to ensure the European representation of the sector through trade union engagement, and a solid and comprehensive political commitment. On the occasion of today’s 2nd Sectoral...