Wednesday 7 December 2016

Least pleasant work often the most undervalued

Published 30/03/2011 | 07:31

IS there no end to the bad news? The latest consequence of the economic crash is that the value of work in the home has been reduced.

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Will we see protests on the streets, of the kind which followed cuts in medical-card eligibility and the minimum wage? Barricades made from vacuum cleaners? Leinster House daubed with floor polish? Homeworkers of the world unite: you have nothing to lose but your J-cloths!

One consolation is that the new Government has made things better. The proposed cut in the minimum wage was one reason why insurer Caledonian Life reduced its estimate for the value of household work from almost €60,000 a year in 2010 to €55,000 this year. The minimum wage has now been restored but the general fall in wages means domestic efforts are no longer priced at €60,000.

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