TOWARD A BETTER SUPPORT OF ENTERPRISES INTEGRATING LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED INTO THE LABOUR MARKET?
CECOP welcomes European Commission's (EC) proposal for a Council recommendation to support employers involved in labour integration of long-term unemployed through financial incentives and partnerships with public authorities.
In Poland around 1,000 social cooperatives were created by at least one unemployed person and in Italy 35,000 persons considered in vulnerable situation are employed through social cooperatives
CECOP, the European Confederation of Cooperatives active in industry and services, welcomes the European Commission's proposal for a Council recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market. OVER 4,000 SOCIAL COOPERATIVES in the CECOP network have as their core mission the labour integration of disadvantaged groups, a large part of who are long-term unemployed.
CECOP fully welcomes the EC's proposal to SUPPORT EMPLOYERS engaged in the integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market through financial incentives and partnerships with public authorities. Member states should guarantee that cooperatives are not discriminated against and can benefit from those measures like any other enterprise.
"Characterised by a particularly high job tenure and strong economic stability, cooperatives in industry and services have been demonstrating, for decades, that they can be essential partners in providing a sustainable professional and social integration to the most disadvantaged citizens, being also resilient and innovative in the face of successive economic crises", says Diana Dovgan, Policy Officer of CECOP.