Tribune. The health crisis has highlighted the usefulness of our social model which, to protect the population, has played its crucial role as a social shock absorber. But it also revealed the degradation of public services and the health system resulting from thirty years of budgetary austerity. As proof, the closures of beds in hospitals continue and staff are ordered to save money on everything, with a concern for fatal profitability.
Another sector in difficulty, early childhood: only half of children under 3 benefit from childcare places, the majority by childminders. For others, it is resourcefulness, which relies mainly on mothers and grandmothers. Instead of developing collective childcare facilities across the country, the government is increasing the number of children entrusted to each professional in nurseries and deregulating the sector to the delight of those in the lucrative sector!
Likewise, child welfare, responsible for protecting children in social or family difficulty, is bloodless: tens of thousands of young people are in danger. More broadly, social inequalities are exploding (access to leisure, vacations and culture, success at school, etc.).
Finally, a very crucial question, support for the loss of autonomy is identified as a sector of profitability by finance and many lucrative and speculative private groups rely on the support of our loved ones, while benefiting from the financing of social Security. Result: the cost becomes inaccessible for many families, the quality of service and the working conditions of the employees deteriorate with a real institutional mistreatment which is generalized.
We have to change the paradigm. The care sector and the link to others is not a cost but, on the contrary, an essential investment for the future and the well-being of our society!
Recognition of qualifications
All over the world, the health crisis has highlighted the social utility of care professions and links to others. But these essential professions, yesterday applauded on our balconies, are still devalued and underpaid. Why ? Because these are very feminized jobs (between 80 and 99% of women occupy them) and because we consider that they call on “natural” skills for women, those they use. work within their family.
In fact, qualifications are not recognized, technical skills and responsibilities are denied and arduousness is invisible. In addition, many of these professions undergo imposed part-time work, choppy hours and have no real career development.
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“It is time to invest in the care and bonding sector and to upgrade female jobs!” ”