Secure transition options and employee protection – a fair solution for all
The European labour market is undergoing profound changes. Entire sectors are closing down, while new jobs are being created both domestically and abroad as a consequence of digitization, automation and globalization. As a result of this, the Danish and European workers must be prepared to adapt to new conditions in a changeable labour market. Therefore, social investment is crucial to ensure that nobody is left behind by improving the individual worker’s access to employment, adult education and vocational training and employee participation
3F finds that the EGF is an important tool to promote fair and sustainable employment in the Union by supporting workers made redundant and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalization, or as a result of the global financial and economic crisis. Improvement of career opportunities for workers affected by globalization in the event of relocation of workplaces, trade sanctions from third countries, Brexit etc. is essential for a fair internal market.
Some wish EGF to also be a vehicle assisting relocation of jobs between Member States. 3F believes this leads to a downwards convergence that would go against the social policy of the EU.
3F therefore strongly supports the social investment purpose of the EGF of supporting workers made redundant and self-employed persons whose activity has ceased as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalization and Brexit, or as a result of the global financial and economic crisis. Only a limited number of Danish workplaces employ 500+ workers. Therefore, we also support increasing the scope of the EGF by lowering the threshold to 250 employees so that the scope of the EGF is widened and more workers made redundant benefit from it.
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