The EU wants your opinion on ways to help workers when companies restructure.
Companies restructure their operations as a means of staying competitive and remaining in business. Many have had to do so during the current economic crisis – resulting in the loss of millions of jobs.
Some workers have kept their jobs with employers who still need their skills thanks to new arrangements – including reduced working hours and pay cuts in return for job security and other benefits, often with the support of local and regional governments.
The Commission is seeking the public's views on such approaches. It also wants opinions on the help the EU can provide to encourage employment, growth and competitiveness during a restructuring.
A discussion paper outlines the issues being considered. These include:
The online consultation is open until 30 March 2012. Comments will help the EU develop better responses to future downturns and the ongoing effects of globalisation.
These include a package of new proposals on employment measures and renewed efforts to encourage more flexibility in employer-employee arrangements balanced by improved social-security support – a mix known as flexicurity.