04.03.2024

Uberisation of long-term care sector (video)

In this project, we address the emerging phenomenon of the platformisation within the long-term care sector, with a particular focus on female worker.

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In this short video, FES Future of Work addresses the emerging phenomenon of the platformisation of the long-term care sector and the associated challenges, with a particular focus on female workers.

Long-term care consists of a range of services and assistance for people who depend on help with daily living activities and need some permanent nursing care. Nowadays, domestic work and home services, such as long-term care, represent 22 percent of the platform economy. The provision of quality long-term care for an increasingly ageing population is one of the major challenges European societies are facing today. However, the sector is characterised by low pay, precarious working arrangements and depends highly on migrant and female workforce.

New study is coming soon!

The Uberisation of Care? Impacts and challenges from a trade union perspective

FES Future of Work and the  European Public Service Union (EPSU) will soon publish their collaborative research project focused on the phenomenon of 'platformisation' within the long-term care sector. This study delves into new impacts and challenges from a trade union perspective, featuring two case examples from Ireland and Italy.

The research outlines different approaches unions can take to address employment conditions in the long-term care sector, including specific action in relation to platform work to ensure that workers have a voice. It discusses options for unions on recruiting and organising care workers as well as political level strategies.

The report is scheduled for publication in the spring.

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Read an abstract of the study here!

Increasing demand for long-term care is a critical issue for the European Union (EU). According to the European Care Strategy, currently around 6 million people work in long-term care in the EU. However, conditions for care workers continue to be characterised by low pay, precarious working arrangements, and limited development opportunities. Despite the increased attention placed on the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic these issues have not significantly improved, and the societal contribution of care work remains undervalued.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (2021) estimate that about 9 out of 10 paid care workers are women, with one in four being migrant. A high level of informality exists in the sector, with the European Labour Authority (2022) finding that about half of care workers in home settings are undeclared workers.

Government policies aimed at addressing quality care provision have failed to ensure decent working conditions. Declining public service provision has facilitated increased privatisation of care services and dominance of market actors in the sector. For unions, organising workers in the sector has always been challenging given the invisible nature of the work undertaken in private homes. The precarity of care workers’ employment is increasing. Workers are taking on additional forms of responsibility in coordinating their work, while having inadequate access to illness benefits or social protection.

Policy change is needed to support well-funded, directly provided public services. However, in the absence of such, the extension of collective bargaining in the sector is needed to address differences in standards across providers and ensure quality jobs that are positive for both workers and those in need of care.


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