Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 4 2007, page 45-62.
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Decentralisation in a Flexicurity Perspective

Towards a segmentation of the Danish labour market?

Anna Ilsøe

This article addresses the contribution of decentralised collective bargaining to the development of different forms of fl exicurity for different groups of employees on the Danish labour market. Based on five case studies of company-level bargaining on fl exible working hours in the Danish industry, it is argued that decentralised bargaining has enabled new balances between fl exibility and security to develop for many but not all employees. On the one hand, the company-level agreements on fl exible working hours facilitate greater efficiency and employee satisfaction that often goes beyond the text of the agreements. On the other hand, less fl exible employees such as single parents and older workers often face difficulties in meeting the demands negotiated at company level and may ultimately be forced to leave the company and rely on unemployment benefits and active labour market policies. In a fl exicurity perspective, this development implies a segmentation of the Danish workforce regarding harder and softer versions of fl exicurity. Finally, the article discusses the consequences of such segmentation and calls for a broader definition of the fl exicurity concept that is able to capture the development of important differences between various groups of employees on the labour market.

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