“Job flexibility, not job insecurity” – international conference
Europe has urged its member states to combine the flexibility necessary for businesses to compete on the global market with solidarity that emphasizes inclusion, cohesion and workers’ rights. This political orientation has recently generated the term “flexicurity”.
How much has already been done on Europe’s path to “flexicurity” and what remains to be done? A conference on “Job flexibility, not job insecurity”, held in Turin on 15-16 February, brought politicians, trade unionists and social researchers together to answer this question.
The event, organized by the Italian Ministry of Labour and the Piedmont Region, took stock of European job strategies over the past ten years and debated “flexicurity” as a potential leit-motiv of European labour policy.
On Saturday 16 February, the Ministers of Labour of Italy and Hungary, the Secretaries of State for Labour Issues of Germany and Slovenia, and the FIAT Group’s CEO took part in a round table on “Labour policies today in Europe: national experiences compared”.
The event concluded with speeches by Mr. Vladimír Špidla, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, by Mr. Cesare Damiano, Italian Minister of Labour, and by the Centre’s Director, Mr. François Eyraud. “The ILO, through its decent work agenda, is very keen on promoting the European social model and the concept of ‘flexicurity’. This is done in particular through the activities run by its International Training Centre based in Turin," said Mr. Eyraud.
After the Conference, a delegation of participants including Mr. Damiano, Mr. Špidla and Ms. Monika Lamperth (Minister for Social Affairs and Labour of Hungary) paid a visit to the ILO’s Training Centre and met its management at an official lunch.