Employers warn against Social Security for in-home workers
Santo Domingo. – The President of Dominican Republic’s major employers grouped in COPARDOM) on Thursday said they’re gravely concerned with the initiatives to amend Law 87-01 which established the country’s Social Security System (SDSS), especially the articles which extends the affiliates’ coverage from the Contributory Formula, to in-home workers .
Jaime O. Gonzalez said the initiative, currently under evaluation by the Chamber of Deputies, “aims to violate the right of the primary actors in the System, causing it to break the legislation’s spirit achieved through the three-party consensus.”
The COPARDOM president noted that the articles which could be changed refer to the law’s right to veto established to promote social dialogue and consultation, real governance and a true balance. “Eliminating the veto would contradict the International Labor Organization conventions ratified by the Dominican Republic, and prevents equity among sectors that standardize, regulate and supervise the social security system’s adequate function and sustainability.”
Gonzalez reiterated COPARDOM’s previous statements referring to the extension of coverage to ensure social security protection to domestic workers, who in his view have the right to be included in the SDSS. “This doesn’t mean however that it violates provisions of the law, as some claim, with arguments not contemplated within the law.”
He said according to the domestic workers’ ability to pay and taking into consideration the segmentations stipulated in the current legislation, the in-home worker population must be registered in the subsidized contributory formula, whose integration hasn’t been possible given the conjuncture and government provisions that prevent it.
Gonzalez added that the effect of those initiatives could be devastating to the financial balance and could further widen the Family Health Insurance’s deficit since January 2010, pushing it into bankruptcy or disappearance. “Additionally, these actions contradict national and international standards and clash with the spirit of dialogue and consensus expressed by president Danilo Medina. We must discontinue the mistaken practice of capriciously and superficially amending Law 87/01, when the particular interests of some stakeholders therefore consider it,” he said.
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