In particular since the recent economic and financial crisis – which resulted in a jobs crisis, too – precarious work relationships have been on the rise. More and more workers find themselves in cascades of successive short-term contracts. Zero-hour contracts, involuntary part-time work and and array of new, creative flexible work schemes have been pushed for by many companies and employers and have become more and more widespread throughout Europe. A recent study by Eurofound supported the view expressed by trade unions that many of these flexible new forms of employment often bring disadvantages to the worker at the expense of the employer – at least as long as they remain as unregulated as they currently still are.
Today, on the 2015 edition of the World Day for Decent Work, it is therefore time for CESI to highlight once again the necessity for the EU to be ambitious in ensuring decent work for all. CESI Secretary general Klaus Heeger said: “While acting within the scope of its competences, the EU most deploy all means available to it to raise the level of working conditions to an adequate level for all – especially since worker rights have crumbled in many parts of Europe since the recent crisis. The EU must show teeth especially when it comes to health and safety at work and precarious work relationships. Moreover, I also hope for an ambitious implementation of the Commission’s recent roadmap on work-life balance and a strong labour mobility package proposal in December.”