AIAS Lunch Seminar 13 November - Nuria Ramos Martin (AIAS)

‘Bargaining of Social Rights at Sector Level’

Nuria Ramos Martin

Day: Thursday 13 November 2014
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 2nd floor, G building, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 12 November, 12.00 hrs, to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


A key concern for social partners in the EU Member States nowadays is the trend towards increased levels of flexible work, accompanied by processes of labour market segmentation and social exclusion. Growing proportions of the active population do not correspond to the traditional industrial type of employment with full-time open-ended contracts, access to social security benefits, collective agreement coverage and represented by trade unions. Increasingly, the labour market is fragmented, with employment relationships like fixed-tem, part-time contracts, temporary agency workers, and informal work becoming increasingly important. The individuals in such non-standard employment are often in disadvantage where labour and social rights are concerned. The socio-economic disadvantages of non-regular workers often include low pay, high levels of employment insecurity, working poverty, limited access to training and career possibilities, lack of entitlement to social benefits and pensions. This report provides a comparative study from an inter-disciplinary perspective combining legal approaches with qualitative data analysis. The study deals with how the European legislation and the social partners’ initiatives at sector level address the working conditions and social rights of non-standard workers. The research focuses on the following sectors, where the use of flexible employment relations is a priori high: construction, industrial cleaning, hospitals and temporary work agencies.


Dr. Nuria E. Ramos Martin

Senior researcher: Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies, University of Amsterdam
Assistant Professor: Department of Labour and Social Security Law, Law Faculty, University of Amsterdam

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