Elena Gerasimova

Unstable Employment: Consequences for Society

2012. No. 1. P. 182–194 [issue contents]

Gerasimova ElenaAssiociate Professor, Labour Law Department, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Address: 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation. E-mail: egerasimova@hse.ru.

October 21, 2011, the HSE Law Faculty hosted a meeting with Frank Hoffer, a senior research officer at the Bureau for Workers' Activities of the ILO (Geneva, Switzerland) and professor  Hartmut Gerhard Seifert, expert in German labour law and the former deputy head of Wirtschafts-und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut in Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Germany). The central point on the agenda was  "Non-regular Employment: challenges for society”. The meeting was arranged by the Chair of Labour law and  Hans-Böckler-Stiftung (Germany) and the Centre of social labour rights. In particular, deregulation of labour relations and liberalization on the labour market in 2003 – 2004 were described. The article compiles the materials of the meeting and analyzes the opinions of experts and the major questions discussed. Despite the expectations of economists, the reform has not led to the development of labour market and, moreover, generated a number of issues, in particular the increase in the number of people with lower salary and low incomes. One of the topics was current and delayed consequences of temporary agency work in Germany, e.g. increase in the rise of potentially poor pensioners, necessity to take the burden to support financially such employees, low qualification of employees and investments in human capital assets.  Another question discussed was that the problems of temporary agency work  are under the attention of the ILO.  He noted that the major role in social stability is determined by the fact which party takes the risks for the loss of job – employees, employers or state. He emphasized that currently most risks are on the employees and the ILO sees the task to shift the burden from the employee and spread it.

Citation: Gerasimova E. (2012) Neustoichivaia zaniatost': posledstviia dlia obshchestva [Unstable Employment: Consequences for Society]. Pravo. Zhurnal Vysshei shkoly ekonomiki, no 1, pp. 182-194. (in Russian)
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