20/10/2021

2nd Transnational Meeting - North Macedonia

The changing landscape through the perspective of existing and the emerging vulnerable groups

The current situation with the pandemic Covid-19 has brought to surface the need of a more sustainable actions and has reshaped the focus even stronger towards the local needs, local production, local response and local community life. It isexpected that after this pandemic, the financial effects will be even higher than the once from the crisis in 2008.

United Nations calculated that after the Covid-19 crisis, globally at least half a billion citizens will be in poverty, carrying economic progress for three decades back. Even in more economically developed countries, the financial packages and measures to reduce the effects of crisis, will not reach the socially excluded. The International Labour Organization of also provides evidence that the pandemic poses a threat of at least 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy, or almost half of the global workforce. The crisis affected mostly the vulnerable groups, while at the same time creating new categories of vulnerable groups

However, in the recovery, alongside these risks, important opportunities for change can open up: worker involvement and participation in enterprises, promoting the social and solidarity economy, inclusive entrepreneurship are just few example. All these emerging concepts can act as a driving force for a new concept of enterprise and industrial relations.

The main objective of this workshop is, therefore, to discuss the worker’s involvement in the changing landscape through the perspective of existing and the emerging vulnerable groups. The event will provide positive practices and examples from North Macedonia, Spain, Italy and Slovenia, therefore increasing the opportunities for exchange of experiences and opportunities for peer learning.

10:00 - 10:15 Opening of the event

Klimentina Ilijevski, Executive Director, Association for research,communications and development “PUBLIC”

Luca Pastorelli, Executive president, Diesis Network

Pedro Blazquez, Project manager, Coceta

10:15 -10:35 The emerging economic model - redefining employees’ participation on the labormarket as brought about by Theory U

Nebojsha Ilijevski, Holistic communications (North Macedonia)

10:35 - 10:45 Social enterprises and worker’s information and consultations rights

Aleksandra Loparska-Iloska, Policy researcher, Association for research,communications and development “PUBLIC” (North Macedonia)

10:45 - 10:50 Short break

10:50 - 11:30 Policies to enable employee’s information and consultations rights

Overview of the available regulation in North Macedonia that enables employee’sinformation and consultations rights

Maja Papatolevska, Adviser, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (NorthMacedonia)

Employee share ownership plan as a model for transfer of companies to workers from Slovenia

Elena Galevska, Researcher, IED (Slovenia)

11:30 - 12:30 Information and consultation rights of vulnerable workers

Social mentoring - as a basis for creating an inclusive labor market

Katerina Mojancevska, Researcher (North Macedonia)

Supporting vulnerable workers in job transition

Alessio Nasoni, Operator responsible for Sportello Lavoro, CISL Firenze e Prato(Italy)

Practices on information and consultation rights of vulnerable workers from Spain

Josep Ricart Riu, Vice president, Garbet (Spain)

12:30 - 13:00 Discussion and conclusions