General comments. Excellent reports -> research findings, from an European point of view, that are essential for the general discussion about flexibility and work in a global perspective.The need to extend the research to other parts of the world, especially the ones that are integral part of the
Flexibility and work-life balance - WORKS final international conference 8-9 October 2008 - Rome Reports Value chain restructuring and company strategies to reach flexibility Jörg Flecker, Ursula Holtgrewe, Annika Schönauer (FORBA), Stavros Gavroglou (KEKMOKOP)Working time, gender and work-life balance Bettina-Johanna Krings (ITAS), Linda Nierling (ITAS),Marcello Pedaci (IRES),Mariangela Piersanti (IRES)
Intervention by José Ricardo Ramalho
(UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro)
(externalization and higher levels of numerical flexibility; worsening working conditions and non-standard employment; power relations between organisations)
a) there has been a strong campaign for the flexibilisation to the sector of the labour market that is formalized and regulated by labour laws;
b) the precarisation of employment in the formal labour market and the combination of formal and informal work activities with the degradation of working conditions.