Thursday , May 13 2021

Declare measures against informal work and protect private domestic workers

Labor and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Mönkernberg called on nearly 50,000 employers who have not yet registered private home workers to do so after having participated in a meeting with various groups in the sector and announced the start of an inspection campaign.

As part of the National Holiday of a specific worker at Casa, which is celebrated on November 21, Minister Nicholas Mönknerberg said that since 2015, when there is an obligation to register the contract, 240,000 employers have done so, still about 50,000 who have not done so. According to INE, there are more than 289,000 workers in the sector. This means that there is a high degree of informality that needs to be corrected.

The government has announced a series of measures that are expected to combat the informal work of domestic workers and consist of a special control plan, the right to be beneficiaries of the bill that creates the universal kindergarten and the provision of Sence scholarships.

With regard to complaints made to DT, they reach 1,122 in 2017, compared with 601 in October this year. The Metropolitan Region leads the list of 287 people, followed by Los Lagos (65) and Valparaíso (47).

The list of reported issues is governed by others – including Protection of Worker's Life and Health, Maternity Protection, Informal Work, Working Time, Suspensions, Jurisdictions, Annual Holidays and Permissions, Employer's Requirements, Rights (38.7%), income (19.7%), wages (8.9%), quotes (8.8%) and labor contracts (8.3%).

The most common accidents suffered by domestic workers are burns and mental illness.

In terms of fines, in 2015 there were 1 590; in 2016 they reached 199; in 2017 to 156 and in 2018 to 105 years. At this point, the most frequent sanctions are for non-observance of DFL 2 by the Ministry of Labor (37), quotes (34), extra hours (33) and the new provisions of Law 20 786 (21).

"I call for an end to the bad practices that are at the expense of those who care for our children, who are part of the everyday life of the house that they deserve, as if, a secure, worthy contract and social security," Minister Nicholas Monkberg.

However, Minister Monkberg said he had already instructed DT to run a campaign to disseminate labor standards that protect domestic workers to promote and control compliance. In this framework, audiovisual material will be prepared to support workers and their employers and proactive inspection processes will be planned and implemented, and agreements and alliances with other services will be implemented to facilitate their implementation.

At the same time, an information material on the rights of domestic workers in all regional labor offices of the country was circulated in November.

In this regard, the authorities and workers discussed the implementation of Law 20 786, which entered into force in January 2015, requiring no uniform in public premises, registration of contracts with the Labor Directorate (online at as well as the reduction of working time, among others. In case of a violation of the norm, the fines range from 1 ($ 48,160) to 10 UTM ($ 481,600) for each detected irregularity.

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