The EU calls for 'the implementation of balanced flexicurity
The concept of flexicurity
which combined labour market flexibility by de-regulation with the enhancement of social protection has been a normative reference for EU policies since the beginning of the last decade (Wilthagen 1998).
A striking omission is the Danish flexicurity
model, which warrants a chapter of its own (if not two or three) given that it set the standard for flexibility for workers in the early 1990s, and given that Japan and Australia each have two chapters dedicated to their workplace flexibility policies and problems.
Abstract: The essay is focused upon the concept flexicurity
imposed in both European academic and political environment, a concept that brought the idea that flexibility and security in the labour market are not contradictory to one another, but in many situations can be complementary and mutually supportive.
as work-related security is derived from employment security, combining flexible contractual arrangements, active employment security, effective labour market policies supporting transitions between jobs, unemployment and inactivity, lifelong learning that helps people cope with change, transitions and unemployment and modern social security systems.
But see Lothar Funk, European Flexicurity
Policies: A Critical Assessment, 24 INT'L J.
Such low-benefit, de-regulated Anglo-Saxon labour markets leave workers more vulnerable to economic shocks than countries that have followed the Scandinavian flexicurity
model of greater employment protection--workers in the UK are right to fear recessions (and while unemployment has risen less than expected during this downturn, rates of increase have been far lower in some better protected European nations).
The Danish Flexicurity
Model: The Role of the Collective Bargaining System" [online].
Long-term reforms need to be balanced with short-term measures aimed at preventing job losses and sustaining household incomes, such as flexicurity
arrangements and greater opportunities for temporary work.
is a fusion of the words 'flexibility' and 'security'.
Most recently Norway hosted a peer review in September 2008 on vocational rehabilitation and income security for persons with work incapacities within the framework of integrated flexicurity
is a term describing a new employment model which combines workforce flexibility with security safeguards for workers.