It is not known how many people perform domestic service in
Portugal, warned today the president of the Union of Workers of Concierge,
Surveillance, Cleaning, Domestic and Miscellaneous Activities (STAD), Vivalda
STAD has therefore initiated the "Dignified Domestic
Service" project to try to resolve the lack of information.
The researchers are going to survey the number of domestic
workers, crossing various data, including the "few that exist at the
National Institute of Statistics and Social Security services", union
leader Carlos Trindade told Lusa, during the presentation of the project.
“Currently, we are only aware of the situations when they
come to us and, at that time, we manage to accompany them, but we are unable to
go to their workplaces since they work in private homes”, said Vivalda Silva. “When
they arrive at the union, it is a sign that they have already been fired”, she
The union claims that most of the workers are women and are
also often immigrants, who do not make due discounts for social security and end
up being harmed in the future.
But STAD also receives reports of female workers being victims of
aggression by employers. “They denounce cases of moral harassment, physical
violence, being bumped into, but also being fired from one day to the next, not
being entitled to subsidies”, she told Lusa.
Currently, “most workers already know that they are entitled
to Christmas and holiday subsidies”, added Carlos Trindade, admitting, however,
that knowing labour rights is not always synonymous with having them.
Therefore, the project will also analyse working conditions,
access to social security, and knowledge of their rights and duties added
Filipa Seiceira, who is part of the team that is preparing the studies and
A study will also be carried out on the legal regime of paid
domestic work, with researchers looking for good practices and presenting
proposals for improvements that can be introduced in the legal framework.
One of the ideas presented was that employers could declare
in their taxes the cost they incur with domestic workers because this way
social security discounts are guaranteed.
The idea came from Sandra Ribeiro, president of the
Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), who was also present.