Aitana Mas: "The care sector is key to today's society and a source of quality employment, with added value and cannot be relocated"

November 24, 2022
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The vice-president and councilor of Equality and Inclusive Policies, Aitana Mas, has highlighted the need to "recognize the care sector as a source of quality employment, with added value and which cannot be relocated, which is key to today's society and which serves for the change of economic model". 

In this context, he highlighted the agreement reached last week by the Generalitat with union and employer organisations "which represents an unprecedented improvement in labor and salary welfare for workers" with which the Valencian Public System is valued of Social Services. 

Added to this is "the increase of 33% for care services in the usual environment" to compensate for the increase in prices due to inflation, which will allow "caregivers to receive a few hundred euros more per month", he added.

Aitana Mas made these statements during her participation in the conference organized by CCOO-PV to analyse the implementation of the dependency law in the Valencian Community and to promote the care sector.

The vice president advocated not to "romanticize" the value of care, since it is "an essential social function for the community and that many times can be hard, unpleasant and risky." Therefore, it has to be a task recognized with rights and also economically" and in which the "gender perspective must also be taken into account, since the vast majority of caregivers are women"

"Surely when we think of a risky profession or one that requires a lot of force, we think of firefighters, formwork workers, etc., and we forget about the work performed by an assistant in a residence for people with Alzheimer's disease or a home care worker in a dependent elderly person", he pointed out. 

Therefore, he has pointed out the need for a cultural and symbolic recognition of care in a society that "lives with its back to parenting, care and everything related to the sustenance of life, a task that must be done under the prism of generational solidarity, gender corresponsibility, the strengthening of community and affective ties and proximity".

Likewise, he has also claimed "the right to time, beyond economic and labor activities, to take care of us" with measures such as the extension of birth permits, the reduction of the working day with the same salary, the advance of retirement age or the approval of new rights, such as remunerated days for raising and caring for people in the emotional environment.

Attention to dependence

On the other hand, the vice-president has taken stock of the "historical transformation in the care model for people in a situation of dependency" that the Valencian Community has experienced in recent years and that has allowed "that we cease to be one of worst autonomous communities to lead this key piece of the welfare state".

In this sense, he highlighted that in 2023 the Vice-presidency and Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies will allocate "462 million euros to the economic benefits of the dependency, three times as much as in 2015, an economic effort that will allow to attend, despite the deficit of state funding, to all persons with recognized rights at the end of the year, some 135,000 beneficiaries".

Among the novelties planned for the next exercise, he highlighted that it will be prioritized that dependent people "can continue living at home, with professional help if necessary, as a fundamental measure to guarantee healthy active aging and fight against unwanted loneliness". for which it will go from a budget of 31 million in 2015 to 137 million euros and the attention time will be extended to a maximum of 70 hours. 

In addition, he has informed that next year the installation of 50,000 advanced teleassistance terminals that have been awarded this year is planned.