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Parliamentary questions
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25 October 2019
Question for written answer P-003454-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Cristian Ghinea (Renew)

 Subject:  Equal rights for domestic workers in Italy

On 28 April 2016, Parliament adopted a resolution on women domestic workers and carers in the EU, stressing the need to protect such workers and urging the Commission to revise the relevant EU Directives in order to ensure that they have the same rights as other categories of workers and receive pension contributions in line with national legislation.

However, it has come to my attention that Italy’s national legislation fails to ensure equality for EU domestic workers in Italy, does not protect their social rights and does not protect them from discrimination, meaning that they do not receive equal wages and pensions as unqualified workers, even though their working schedule is the same as that of qualified workers.

In the light of the above:
1. What exact steps did the Commission take after Parliament published its report on women domestic workers and carers in the EU in 2016?
2. Given the impact of Italian national legislation on the wages and pensions of domestic workers, does the Commission believe it is compatible with EU legislation?
3. Since the legislation is undermining the social rights of EU citizens and, given the severity of the situation, what steps does the Commission intend to take in the near future to resolve this issue?
Last updated: 30 October 2019Legal notice