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  1. Qualified workers • What does “qualified workers” mean? • Why to organise (represent and enrol) them? 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  2. What does “qualified workers” mean? • Study qualification (graduated, post - graduated)? • Professionals, managers, executives • Statistical definition: Isco88 Eurostat • The most crucial definition: Position in the work organisation: • Autonomy • Responsibility 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  3. Specificities and differences on aims and work role • Career • Competitiveness • Runner of flexibility, discipline … representig the opposite part 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  4. Why to organise P&Ms? • First workers to face, and to lead the change towards knowledge based society 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  5. Cultural obstacles • Individual / individualism • Identification in the company mission • Disguised blackmail: trade union affiliation is in contradiction with the career 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti


  6. Trade union organising models for P&Ms • UK • Nordic countries • Continent (across the branch federations) • Important is to be able to offer and show a special way to organise them valueing their specificity 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  7. Actual obstacles for P&Ms from general trade unions • Often TUs feel professionals and managers only as opposite part, not as workers (who could be representative of opp. part) • Often we feel we have to check, to limit them, more than to represent 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  8. Possible TUs targets important for P&Ms • At job places: TUs as collective agent helping for individual solutions on the most crucial targets: • maintenance of competences (education and training aimed also to the individual needs not only to the company programmes) • Work loads more crucial than working time • Actual autonomy on working time more important than a regular working time table • At national and European level fostering job and geographical mobility as free option 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  9. Possible links to EUROCADRES’ projects and networks • StartPro • Young professionals, Europe’s resource and opportunity • Mobilnet 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  10. Special priorities for young professionals Improve the links between higher education, the labour market and the wider society Work for coherence of contents between study and work Ensure long life learning Create more awareness among trade unions for the situation of students Establish links with other stakeholders Familiarise students with trade union work Work to reduce the period between graduation and first employment Improve the knowledge of graduates concerning their rights on the labour market and in employment Enhance the knowledge of employers about graduates’ qualifications 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti

  11. Trade unions can attract qualified workers being: • Learning organisation • Open to innovation • Changing, future oriented 061202 - EUROCADRES - Parietti