Fabio Berton, Matteo Richiardi and Stefano Sacchi

in The political economy of work security and flexibility

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429070
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307631 | DOI:

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The analyses in the volume lead to the conclusion that, in all the countries studied albeit in different degrees, flexibility introduced through deregulation of non-standard work has come at the price of segmentation of the labour market as far as worker security is concerned. Building on these results, at least three issues are of main relevance in determining worker (in)security outcomes: reduced turnover costs for the employer; social contributions and wage rebates, exclusion from collective agreements, limited union representation, and poor individual bargaining power; income-maintenance schemes based on social insurance. This chapter tackles all three issues with policy proposals aimed at making transitions between different employment statuses pay. All such proposals aim instead at providing workers with a modicum of security irrespective of their contracts and employment status.

Keywords: Social protection; Single contract; Termination payment; Labour market transitions; Social rights; Social drawing rights

Chapter.  3490 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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