The Spanish government approved a bill on Tuesday to give hundreds of thousands of domestic cleaners and carers the right to unemployment benefits and other job protection measures for the first time.
The country’s Labour Minister Yolanda Díaz said the law would benefit more than 370,000 people, of which 95% are estimated to be women.
Díaz said the bill was intended to end discrimination against workers whose jobs have been undervalued for too long. She said that this is one of the new regulations in Spain that she finds most satisfying, and it comes after the European Court of Justice decreed that Spanish law was discriminatory because it did not recognise the right to unemployment benefit for domestic workers.
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