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The role of Public Sector in the job quality of ancillary activities. Albert Recio (QUIT – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Alejandro Godino (QUIT – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Sofia – 18/11/2012. OBJECTIVES.

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the role of public sector in the job quality of ancillary activities
The role of Public Sector in the job quality of ancillary activities
  • Albert Recio (QUIT – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Alejandro Godino (QUIT – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Sofia – 18/11/2012
objectives
OBJECTIVES
  • To explore the role of public sector in the advancement of job quality in low-wage sectors and workplaces in outsourced sectors
  • based on sectoral and case studies (developed under WALQING project) on Contract Catering and Office Cleaning, but also appliable to other sector cases.
the role of public sector i
The role of public sector (I)
  • Obvious role:
  • Determination of:
  • basiclabourconditions,
  • collectivebargainingframework and
  • unionrights.
  • Latent role: Itisthemaincustomer of ancillaryactivities in outsourcedservices.
the role of public sector ii
The role of public sector (II)
  • Active role of Public Administration as explanation in the expansion of outsourcing.

Source: FédérationEuropéenne de la Restauration Collective Concédée (2009).

main policies
Main policies
  • Minimumwageimplementation (considerededverylow in Spanishcontext): 621 € per month
  • Collectivebargaingmodel:
  • Sectoralagreementscovertothewhole of theworkforce in eachindustry, despitethey are notaffiliatedtoanyunion.
crucial effects of collective bargaining
Crucial effects of collective bargaining
  • Subrogation: when a companysubstitutesother in a work center, theyhave tomaintainitsstaff.
  • Guarantee of jobstability and longtermtenure.
  • Standardization of wagelevels
  • Salary of eachproffessionalcategoryisthesame at everyfirms
  • No chance of downwardbywagecompetition
public sector as customer
Public sector as customer
  • Thepricepaydforoutsourcedservicescorrespondswiththeceilling of wageagreements.
  • Particular demands:
    • Specificshours of work cleaning
    • Profesional recognitionbyqualificationacknowledging.
a new conjuncture
A new conjuncture
  • Economic crisis changesGovernmentpolicies:
  • Budgetarycutsgeneratespressurestooutsourcedactivities:
  • Downward in prices and quantities.
  • Structuralreforms
aftermaths i
Aftermaths (I)
  • Activity reductions: cuts in cattering and cleaning related to service cloussures (hospitals) and social transfers.
  • Pressures to suppliers
  • Increasing of part-timers(consequent reduction of wages wages) and work intensification.
aftermaths ii
Aftermaths (II)
  • Deterioration of collectivebargaining:
  • roadfromsectoraltocompanyagreements.
  • Dangertoloosesubrogationclause (guarantee of stability).
  • Increasing of wagecompetition
  • Exposuretovulnerability in low-wagesectors.
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