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'Confronting uncertainty in European labour markets in the crisis', Brussels, Belgium

An event entitled 'Confronting uncertainty in European labour markets in the crisis' will take place on 15 February 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

The 2008 financial crisis and its continuing aftermath have thrown into question earlier European policies concerning flexibility an...

15 February 2012 - 15 February 2012
Belgium

An event entitled 'Confronting uncertainty in European labour markets in the crisis' will take place on 15 February 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

The 2008 financial crisis and its continuing aftermath have thrown into question earlier European policies concerning flexibility and security in labour markets. New approaches and policies are being sought. For the past three years a team of researchers from the EU-funded 'Meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty and sustainability through employment, industrial relations, social and environmental policies in European countries' (GUSTO) project has been working on these issues.

A degree of uncertainty is necessary and even desirable to a successful programme of economic change. But GUSTO's work reveals several areas such as pension systems, immigration policy, labour market 'reforms' where policies are unnecessarily and negatively intensifying the uncertainty of workers' lives, at precisely the moment when demands are being made on those workers' commitment. What is more, frequent policy change creates uncertainty in itself, quite apart from the substance of the changes.

The conference will examine conclusions reached by the GUSTO team and what they may mean for policymakers and social partners.For further information, please visit: here

For more information on the project, please visit: http://www.gusto-project.eu/