Labour Market Transitions and the Promotion of Capability
Edited by Ralf Rogowski, Robert Salais and Noel Whiteside
Chapter 6: Making Employees’ Pathways More Secure: A Critical Examination of the Company’s Responsibility
JOBNAME: Rogowski PAGE: 3 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Fri Jan 27 12:13:25 2012 6. Making employees’ pathways more secure: a critical examination of the company’s responsibility Bénédicte Zimmermann Flexibility…is about successful moves (‘transitions’) during one’s life course: from school to work, from one job to another, between unemployment or inactivity and work, and from work to retirement … It is about progress of workers into better jobs, ‘upward mobility’ and optimal development of talent. (European Commission, 2007: 5) In the 2007 Communication Towards Common Principles of Flexicurity cited above, the European Commission defined EU flexicurity policy as ‘an integrated strategy to enhance, at the same time, flexibility and security in the labour market.’ These Communication excerpts clearly indicate that flexicurity is not meant merely to combine flexibility and security but also to transform flexibility itself, turning it into a two-way process that will be equally beneficial to employers and employees and in which not only free enterprise but also freedom to work and develop at work become fundamental values and goals. To this end, the Commission identified four components as essential for any EU flexicurity policy: 1) ‘Flexible and reliable contractual arrangements … through modern labour laws, collective agreements and work organisation’; 2) ‘Comprehensive lifelong learning strategies to ensure the continual adaptability and employability of workers’; 3) ‘Effective active labour market policies that help people cope with rapid change’; and 4) ‘Modern social security systems that provide adequate income support, encourage employment and facilitate labour market mobility’ (European...
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