The professionalization of paid domestic work and its limits : experiences of Latin American migrants in Brussels
Faculty of Arts. Translators and Interpreters
The European journal of women's studies. - London
, p. 1-14
University of Antwerp
In Belgium, a service voucher scheme known as Titres Services was launched in 2004 in order to create employment and regularize the labor conditions of domestic workers. The extent to which this scheme has represented an improvement in domestic workers labor conditions, however, is still a matter of debate. This article explores the workers experience of the changes introduced by this scheme. It focuses on Latin American migrants that are currently working under this scheme in Brussels, situating them in relation to their previous experiences and the experience of other migrants who currently work in the informal market. The authors distinguish two tropes in their informants discourse, which describe their ambivalence regarding these changes. Using the Titres Services schemes rhetoric, the first one seeks to increase the social status of this occupation by presenting it as a profession. Contrarily, the second trope highlights the limits to professionalization.