Unions welcome increased funding for care sector

Spain

Trade unions, including CCOO and UGT, involved in national social dialogue in the dependent care sector have welcomed the government’s commitment to increase funding for the system by EUR 600 million in 2021. There is a further commitment to maintain the same amounts of annual investment in the coming years until reaching an increase of EUR 1800 million euros during the current parliament. The additional funding should help improve the quality of the service as well as the quality of employment. The unions note in particular the longstanding problems related to inadequate career development, low pay and pensions in the sector which is dominated by women workers. Unions also want to see the funding go towards a strengthening of public management and improvement and expansion of the public network.

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