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Essential yet excluded: COVID-19 and the decent work deficit among domestic workers in Brazil

Acciari, Louisa; Dos Santos Brito, Chirlene; Pereira Pinto, Cleide; (2024) Essential yet excluded: COVID-19 and the decent work deficit among domestic workers in Brazil. International Labour Review 10.1111/ilr.12402. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents data from a survey conducted with the National Federation of Domestic Workers of Brazil on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic workers, also considering emergency policies and the Federation's main actions in the first year of the crisis. Focusing on employment and income, occupational health and safety, and violations of rights, it shows the extreme polarization between those who lost their livelihoods and those obliged to continue working at the expense of their health and basic human rights. Although the circumstances were exceptional, the authors argue that this situation was made possible by pre-existing conditions of legal exclusion and precarity.

Type: Article
Title: Essential yet excluded: COVID-19 and the decent work deficit among domestic workers in Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/ilr.12402
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ilr.12402
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. International Labour Review published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Labour Organization. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Domestic workers, COVID-19, decent work, Brazil, employment, income, occupational health and safety, workers’ rights
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188675
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