Italy

The Italian context has been the object of several studies on PDW. Scholars find it a very telling case, not only for the large numbers of Italians who employ a domestic worker (estimates say about 12 million households) but also in the light of the rapid ageing of Italian society and the crisis of its family-based welfare. PDW is today mainly taken up by migrant women, especially from Eastern Europe. Italy had its first law on PDW in 1958, its first special collective agreement in 1974, and it ratified C189 in 2013. The most prominent social actors in this field are migrant women’s organisations, trade unions and Catholic groups.

Country-expert: Dr. Beatrice Busi

Local workshop: November 2017