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Prague, 26 February 2009 Ministerial conference “ Strengthening EU competitiveness – potential of migrants on the labour market”. Towards a single European labour market a European trade union perspective on mobility and migration Catelene Passchier. 1. The Challenges.
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Prague, 26 February 2009 Ministerial conference “ Strengthening EU competitiveness – potential of migrants on the labour market”
Towards a single European labour market a European trade union perspective
on mobility and migration
The financial/economic crisis: unemployment on the rise
The demographic challenges; feminisation of the workforce
Migration from outside, mobility within
Europe in the wider world; poverty increasing
Excesses capitalism and unfettered search for short term profit
Deterioration quality of jobs: precariousness
Internal market rules invading national (social) space
Strong feelings of insecurity
Protectionism, nationalism, xenophobia
A new social deal ............
Protection, to prevent protectionism !
Combat racism and xenophobia, promote integration and equal opportunities of migrant and ethnic minority workers
A better framework for mobility within the EU: European rules of the game
A proactive policy on economic migration
A genuine two way process
Access to education, housing etc
Access to quality employment
Respect for cultural and religious difference
Act against discrimination
Awareness raising positive contribution migrants
Equal access to employment needs targeted and joint activity
Act on workplace discrimination and harrassment
Invest in language skills, training
Works councils and workplace rep's to reach out, inform and support
Unions to organise and represent
Basic principles: equal treatment and fair competition ( EU Treaties !)
Make national systems mobility proof
EU rules of the game
Host country principle wages and working conditions = basis free movement of workers
Equal access social support systems
Respect national industrial relations and collective bargaining
Monitoring and enforcement labour standards
Rethink rules on workers moving in framework of 'services'
More focus on employment and development, less on security and repression
Priority for investing in unemployed and underemployed workers already on EU territory, including migrants and ethnic minorities
Emphasis on human rights: migrants are no merchandise > subcontracting-trafficking
Legal channels for economic migration at all skills levels, prevent two tier migration policy, selecting 'those we want' and expelling 'those we do not want'
Prevent brain and youth drain
Bridges out of 'illegality' for undocumented workers: recognition of social, labour and human rights
“what price the tomatoes?!”
Mobility and migration: from restrictions to conditions
Combining open borders and protection
Strong involvement social partners
Respect social systems
EU is about social progress !