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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

Catelene Passchier

1

the challenges
The Challenges

The financial/economic crisis: unemployment on the rise

Climate change

The demographic challenges; feminisation of the workforce

Migration from outside, mobility within

Europe in the wider world; poverty increasing

responses urgent to
Responses urgent to:

Excesses capitalism and unfettered search for short term profit

Rising inequality

Deterioration quality of jobs: precariousness

Internal market rules invading national (social) space

Strong feelings of insecurity

Protectionism, nationalism, xenophobia

a new vision for europe
A new vision for Europe?!

A new social deal ............

Protection, to prevent protectionism !

3 areas for action
3 areas for action

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

equality and integration
Equality and integration

A genuine two way process

Full citizenship

Access to education, housing etc

Access to quality employment

Respect for cultural and religious difference

Act against discrimination

Awareness raising positive contribution migrants

role social partners
Role social partners

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

safeguarding mobility
Safeguarding mobility

Basic principles: equal treatment and fair competition ( EU Treaties !)

Make national systems mobility proof

EU rules of the game

eu rules of the game
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'

proactive migration policy 1
Proactive migration policy (1)‏

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

proactive migration policy 2
Proactive migration policy (2)‏

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?!”

priority 1 strengthen social dimension eu
Priority 1: strengthen social dimension EU

Mobility and migration: from restrictions to conditions

Combining open borders and protection

Strong involvement social partners

Respect social systems

EU is about social progress !