The Impact of New Forms of Labour on Industrial Relations and the Evolution of Labour Law in the European Union

16-06-2008

Globalisation, rapid technological change and increased competition through globalisation have fundamentally changed European labour markets and brought about more dynamic labour markets that have had an impact on the contractual arrangement of labour law and the role of social partners. The aim of the study was to provide an overview of the most characteristic and common types of non-standard contracts in the 27 EU Member States based on existing research, statistics and a thorough labour market analysis. The impact of rapidly changing developments in the labour market and work organisation on labour law and collective agreements has been addressed as well as the concept of 'Flexicurity' by analysing the impact of non-standard contracts on the growing gap between the so-called “outsiders” and “insiders” of the labour market. Atyplical employment relations were demonstrated by three national case studies focusing on flexibility and security in The Netherlands, self-employment in Poland and fixed-term work in Spain.

Globalisation, rapid technological change and increased competition through globalisation have fundamentally changed European labour markets and brought about more dynamic labour markets that have had an impact on the contractual arrangement of labour law and the role of social partners. The aim of the study was to provide an overview of the most characteristic and common types of non-standard contracts in the 27 EU Member States based on existing research, statistics and a thorough labour market analysis. The impact of rapidly changing developments in the labour market and work organisation on labour law and collective agreements has been addressed as well as the concept of 'Flexicurity' by analysing the impact of non-standard contracts on the growing gap between the so-called “outsiders” and “insiders” of the labour market. Atyplical employment relations were demonstrated by three national case studies focusing on flexibility and security in The Netherlands, self-employment in Poland and fixed-term work in Spain.

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Ricardo Rodríguez Contreras (Director of the study) (Consortium LABOUR ASOCIADOS SLL, Madrid, Spain) Claude Emmanuel Triomphe (Coordinator) (Association pour le Développement de l’Université Européenne du Travail, Paris, France) Tamás Gyulavári, Sylvaine Laulom, Miguel Rodríguez-Piñero, Christophe Teissier, Claude-Emmanuel Triomphe, Christophe Vigneau and Ricardo and Rodriguez Contreras John Warnerdam (The Netherlands), Adam Turowiec (Poland) and Miguel Rodríguez-Piñero Royo (Spain) (case studies) Helmut Hägele and Michael Fertig (ISG) (Labour Market and Employment Analysis)