Continental Europe seeks to combine flexibility with security in its relations with the workforce via a range of measures one of which is flexicurity. What is flexicurity?
-what is flexicurity?- flexibility and security, whats behind the concept (examples of it)
-globalisation- global pressures (textiles from China- letting cheap into other countries); pressures on Governments, economies
-examples of flexicurity from Denmark and Germany- focus on those two countries; what are they trying to do? how they trying to do it?
-insider and outsider system
-avoid segmentation of labour market (part time, unpaid, asymmetric work)
-2 pacts: gender pact and youth pact (young people unemployment, waste of talent and work that could benefit economy)
-values, solidarity, welfare, equal opportunities (give examples)
1st problem: youth unemployment (18-25 years old), unemployment for younger because the older stay in employment because of life expectancies, where employers prefere older experienced that younger unexperienced
2nd problem: Viking, Laval and Rüffert cases (social protection measures- workers from other countries get all benefits; Art 3 and 49 of the EC Treaty- 2 fundamental rights: rights to establish in any state of single market, rights to provide services- anywhere across EU)
-articules about Germany: lower wages and pay conditions; post-workers directives
Christina Meyer, “The danish way of flexicurity- a chance for older workers on the Germany Labour Market?”
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Continental Europe seeks to combine flexibility with security in its relations with the workforcevia a range of measures one of which is flexicurity. What is flexicurity? Explore its meaning, principles and measures and explain what the governments of the European Union are seeking to achieve. Explore the degree to which they have been successful for business and for the workforce with special focus upon young workers.
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