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Austria: “We just want some rights!”, Migrant care workers denied rights in Austria

Index Number: EUR 13/4326/2021

In Austria more than 60,000 workers care for older people in their homes, most of whom are women migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe, who are often subjected to various intersecting forms of discrimination and abuse. Live-in care workers are under-protected and undercompensated. They receive low wages, work excessively long hours without adequate breaks and experience barriers in accessing social security. Amnesty International calls on the Austrian authorities to extend minimum wage protection and working hours protection to all live-in care workers, to strengthen labour inspections and to provide counselling and remedies for discrimination and abuse at work.

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