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Women telework twice as much as men

The results of this online survey – intended for all workers in the public and private sector – will allow us to move forward in a precise study on the current situation with which to identify the problems and propose a battery of actions to promote this type of work organization. , key to promoting conciliation.

The CSIF already has figures which alert us to some of these shortcomings. More precisely, the number of public officials who currently telework in the general administration of the State and who are in charge of seniors is double that of men (818 women against 403 men), while the situation is very similar for women. who work remotely and take care of children under 14 (5,480 women against 3,332 men).

Before the pandemic, only 5% of public officials teleworked, a figure that reached 63% in the midst of the COVID crisis, and is now around 22%, according to the latest data collected by the CSIF. Of the total of 44,300 people currently teleworking in the EGM, 25,030 are women and 19,262 men.

The modality of working without face to face was implemented in a generalized manner hastily, conditioned by the pandemic, to protect the health of the workforce and maintain the work activity in the public administration and in the the private sector. In addition, telework has made it possible to guarantee the functioning of public services, by giving impetus to conciliation.

Give security to models

However, despite advances in the regulation of telework in the private sector, the public sector as a whole needs specific urgent regulations that ensure the safety of its workforce and define working hours, locations, resources. computer, mechanisms. personnel selection and digital disconnection rights, among others.

A situation analysis with a gender perspective and measures are needed to prevent telework from becoming a way for women to take on more household chores or take care of dependents, limiting their professional advancement, according to the secretary. CSIF National Equality, Eva Fernndez.

“Today more than ever, it is necessary to protect the right of all working women to a professional career in conditions of full equality”, underlines Fernández, who warns that teleworking is a tool to promote conciliation, but in no way In this case, it cannot be an obstacle which causes more inequalities.

AROE President, Jos Luis Casero, underlines that “information, analysis and action are essential to tackle telework, which goes beyond a simple regulation or an agreement. There are people and companies with individual singularities who need an adequate response, able to articulate this way of organizing work with a precise strategic plan, with real protocols, which respect the rights of disconnection and others. demands of this new situation. ”

Casero advocates acquiring new learning in time management, because “we cannot move from unnecessary presenteeism to” onlineism “that traps us in the same dehumanized and unproductive way.” He adds, in the same vein as the national secretary of the CSIF for equality, that telework cannot become a double-edged sword that harms women and that “if we do not want to back down in terms of equality, it is essential to telecommute with a gender perspective ”.

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