Spain: unions win legal recognition of hotel housekeepers’ injuries and illnesses as occupational diseases
These include conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, forearm and shoulder. Carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, stenosing tenosynovitis (‘trigger finger’), epicondylitis (‘tennis elbow’), epitrocleitis (golfer’s elbow’), and chronic bursitis are now formally recognized as occupational diseases of housekeepers.
A working group has been established to consider adding additional debilitating syndromes associated with back and neck pain (herniated disc, Dorsalgia, Cervicalgi) to the register of occupational illnesses affecting housekeeping and other work activities in the sector.
The tripartite body also formally requested the government to establish a specific category for housekeepers in the national statistical system to allow for more accurate information on this large and growing category of workers.