Regulating Temporary Employment: Equal Treatment, Qualified

Leah F. Vosko

in Managing the Margins

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199574810
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722080 | DOI:
Regulating Temporary Employment: Equal Treatment, Qualified

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This chapter analyses contemporary regulations addressing precariousness in forms of employment diverging from the SER's central pillar of continuous employment. The analysis centres on the 1999 EU Directive on Fixed‐Term Work, which subscribes to equal treatment, and the 2008 EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work, qualifying equal treatment, and efforts to regulate both types of temporary employment in the EU 15. It shows that while SER‐centric approaches extend some protections and benefits to fixed‐term workers, lesser protections apply to temporary agency workers. In many member states, these workers, especially migrant workers and women, tend to be especially precarious since they lack both an open‐ended and bilateral employment relationship.

Keywords: continuity; equal treatment; EU Directive on Fixed‐Term Work; EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work; EU 15; fixed‐term workers; open‐ended employment relationship; permanency; temporary agency workers

Chapter.  16007 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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