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On the Corona Frontline

The experiences of care workers in nine European countries


It is high time we listen now!

Covid-19 has uncovered many societal fault lines. The virus hit the elder care sector in many countries especially hard, leading to many deaths and pushing elder care workers fighting on the corona frontline to the end of their limits. The pandemic has underscored the deficiencies in elder care that haven been warned about and protested by trade unions for years. Precarious working conditions, understaffing and underfunding devastatingly undermined the ability to protect the most vulnerable during the corona pandemic: our elderly.

Reports from nine countries

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has on initiative of the Swedish municipal workers unions, Kommunal, and the Swedish progressive thinktank Arena Idé commissioned reports from several Europeans countries. By focusing on the plight of those in need of care and their care givers, the reports shed light on the impact of the pandemic has had on elder care and highlights the justified demands of the care workers’ trade unions as well as the long overdue reforms for the elder care sector in general.


Summary

Across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has hit the elderly hard, and particularly those in elder care, placing care workers on the corona frontline of an underfinanced, understaffed and undervalued care sector. Years of austerity policies and neoliberal new public management have increased the level of privatisation and precarisation, and decreased the rate of unionisation. This report summarises nine country studies on the effect of coronavirus on care workers in Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. The report concludes with policy recommendations.

Pelling, Lisa

On the Corona Frontline

The experiences of care workers in nine European countries ; Summary report
Stockholm, 2021

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England

Mitchell, Gerry

On the Corona Frontline

The experiences of care workers in England
Stockholm, 2021

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Germany

The current version of the report is currently only available in English, but will be published in German soon.

Denmark

Finland

Norway

Portugal

Scotland

Watson, Dave

On the Corona Frontline

The experiences of care workers in Scotland
Stockholm, 2021

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Spain

Hernández-Moreno, Jorge; Pereira-Puga, Manuel

On the Corona Frontline

The experiences of care workers in Spain
Stockholm, 2021

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Sweden

Huupponen, Mari

On the Corona Frontline

The experiences of care workers in Sweden
Stockholm, 2021

Download publication (390 KB, PDF-File)


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