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Type Journal Article - EMACON, Employment and economy in Central and Eastern Europe
Title Precarious employment in Poland - a legacy of transition or an effect of European integration
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
URL http://www.emecon.eu/fileadmin/articles/1_2011/emecon 1_2011Trappmann.pdf
The Polish labour market is characterised by increasing flexibility and precarisation of employment relationships. This is due to the spread of limitedterm and civil-law work contracts, in many cases covering a de facto employeelike status without job-security and social rights. These new working conditions, particularly in low-skill service areas, provide many with what is a sub-povertyline existence, but have yet to become a public scandal. This article seeks to explain why this is the case by reconstructing Polish labour market policies, which are torn between the influences of economic transition and European integration.

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