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Policy Frameworks Concerning Older Workers: A Comparative Study of Policy Frameworks and Trade Union Involvement in Sweden and the Netherlands
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education, Institute of International Education.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study sets out the policy frameworks concerning older workers in Sweden and the Netherlands. This will be done by setting out both European and national contextual backgrounds. Further this study will examine whether or not there are specific initiatives taken by trade unions, and if so, what their features are. The results are gathered through a qualitative document analysis, complemented with the results of a self-completion questionnaire that has been sent to trade union confederations. The results of this study show that in both Sweden and the Netherlands policies are in place that strengthen the position of older workers. Sweden has developed multiple policies that aim to motivate people to work longer than the age of 61, and is focused on increasing the employability of workers. Even though in the Netherlands early retirement opportunities were widespread, currently policies and pension reforms discourage people from retiring early. Further, the debate about participation in and access to lifelong learning has regained importance, which shows that there is an increased attention for the development of employability of (older) workers. When it comes to trade unions, in Sweden there are no specific initiatives aiming at older workers. In the Netherlands, on the contrary, all trade unions participate in the development of i.e. the Policy Agenda 2020.

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Older workers, policy, trade unions, retirement, lifelong learning, employability, Sweden, the Netherlands
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118004OAI: diva2:818650
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved

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