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By Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

Paintings Inequalities within the main issue presents an in-depth assessment of the consequences of the obstacle on inequalities on this planet of labor. It examines those inequalities multi-dimensionally, taking a look at employment, wages and earning, operating stipulations and social discussion. even as, it investigates no matter if the drawback may well halt the growth made in Europe in the direction of greater caliber jobs and dealing stipulations. This ebook bargains a special blend of study, case reviews and coverage discussions. An overview of nationwide tendencies in 30 eu international locations precedes case experiences of 14 of them, within which famous eu experts document on person agencies or sectors. The volume's survey of nationwide- and local-level coverage recommendations contributes to making a choice on these responses that enhance financial competitiveness, defend social team spirit and don't deepen inequalities. This well timed source may be of specific curiosity to teachers, scholars and researchers in exertions economics, to coverage makers, and to these serious about eu reviews extra in general. members comprise: D. Anxo, G. Bosch, S. Erdogdu, V. Franicevic, J. Gautie, D. Grimshaw, R. Munoz de Bustillo Llorente, J. Masso, ok. Krillo, J. Kollo, N. O'Higgins, J. I.A. Perez, A. Rafferty, W. Salverda, V. Tsanov, D. Vaughan-Whitehead

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4 Paradox 4: Anti-crisis Solutions Reproducing the Inequalities of Dual Labour Markets While some countries have launched a series of measures to limit the employment effects of the crisis, we have seen that only a fraction of the labour force has been given an opportunity to take advantage of such programmes. While Germany, for instance, has relied on working time reductions to avoid unemployment, this option has benefitted mainly the core labour force – skilled workers in manufacturing who remain covered by strong legal protection against dismissals – while another adjustment, this time external, at the margins of the labour market, has taken place, with employment losses among temporary workers (generally unskilled but also young skilled) and those with atypical forms of contract, such as those in mini-jobs or atypical part-time contracts.

First, in terms of the quality of jobs, employment adjustments will have an impact on the human capital side. For instance, unskilled and semi-skilled workers have been particularly affected by layoffs, which will undermine their ability, first, to find a job at all, but also to find one of the same quality or wage level. This is also why we expect the number of low-paid workers to continue to increase in the coming period. indd 26 27/10/2011 12:18 Introduction 27 period of worklessness or in precarious employment.

But it is important to note in this regard that governments have generally used arrangements or schemes already in place prior to the crisis, extending or more actively supporting them. The chapter on Germany shows, however, that the short-time working or partial unemployment schemes already in place before the crisis began have been modified in several respects, for instance by increasing the maximum duration from 6 to 24 months in 2009, extending exemptions from social security contributions and also simplifying the administrative requirements facing firms wishing to take up this scheme.

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