Governments attempts towards flexicurity

Government attempts to legitimize new Labour Law (LL) in Estonia carries its purpose to make Estonian labour market more flexible, but it has made a number of employees to speak up. Firstly, according to the LL “It isn’t in public interest to regulate working time between contracting parties.” Still employers are in need for rules to regulate part-time employment relationship, which could alleviate deficiency for labour. In the year 2007 only 8,2percent of workers were working part-time, the average in EU is 18,2percent. At the same time, one fifth of mothers working full time say they would prefer to reduce their working time and devote more time to the family. Secondly main apple of discord is shortening time, when employee should be informed about firing, and lowering compensations paid to employees in the case of firing. The cuts will be made from 2 to 1 month and compensation from 2-4 month salary to monthly average salary. Even though unemployment benefit will rise, it won’t cover the loss in compensation for employee. Although flexibility index in Bulgaria, Hungary and Czech Republic is twice higher than in Estonia, employment rates in these countries are not higher than in Estonia. So in my opinion, maybe the attempts in Eastern-Europe to make market more flexible carry the lost in security.

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