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Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’
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Reappointing responsibilities, An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’

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Presentation by Ronald de Leij, director of DECP and advisor to AWVN at the WHO/TNO/Dutchgovernment Congres 'Connecting Health and Labour' 29 - 1 December 2012

Presentation by Ronald de Leij, director of DECP and advisor to AWVN at the WHO/TNO/Dutchgovernment Congres 'Connecting Health and Labour' 29 - 1 December 2012

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  • 1. Reappointing responsibilities An employers’ contribution to the WHO Global Conference ‘Connecting health and labor’ By Ronald de Leij, director of DECP and advisor to AWVN November 29, 2011, The Hague, The NetherlandsDECP©
  • 2. Two questions asked: • How company provided health services can be integrated with primary health care ? • What is the role of employers for increasing health service coverage of workers and families ?DECP©
  • 3. Composing a ‘2011’- answer • Let’s look at ‘companies and employers’, • and briefly at ‘workers’ • and conclude by (re)appointing responsibilitiesDECP©
  • 4. I Companies and EmployersDECP©
  • 5. They say ‘Old soldiers never die’ … … but old employers do ! and so did there ‘once upon a time’ companies (even if their names still sound familiar to the old folk)DECP©
  • 6. Every major company has engaged in outsourcing, in off-shoring, in flexible contracts, temporary work, pay- rolling and continuous reorganizing … Many used to provide ‘lifetime employment’ and ‘total care’ for workers and their families … They don’t do that anymore …DECP©
  • 7. Have they become bad employers ?DECP©
  • 8. No, they have not ! On our command have they engaged in relentless, often global, competition and changed their policies accordingly They still provide lots of opportunity … … to adult workers !DECP©
  • 9. That is one thing about companies and employers There is more …DECP©
  • 10. In 2010 the Netherlands counted 863.840 companies (Population 16.6 million) (Occupied Population > 12 hrs p.wk: 7,4 million)DECP©
  • 11. 495.215 companies occupied just one, single person EMPLOYERS 296.415 companies counted more than 1 and less than 10, 57.340 counted 10 to 50, 14.870 counted 50 or more occupied personsDECP©
  • 12. Let us conclude that the vast majority of employers run a very small company What can we – fairly speaking – expect of them in terms of social policy ?And if it is just so much, should we blaime them for being an employer ?DECP©
  • 13. II … and briefly at workersDECP©
  • 14. They have changed too … … whether we (or they) like(d) it or not ! When we say ‘workers’, do we e.g. include the ‘self-employed’ ?DECP©
  • 15. Though ‘employer’ and ‘worker’ are still valid concepts, their content has changed dramatically and their relationship even more !DECP©
  • 16. So, … The scenery has changed … dramatically Think for a moment what is being demanded from Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and soon will be from France … It is not just austerityDECP©
  • 17. Let’s have a 2nd look at the two questions …DECP©
  • 18. 1st Question: How (can) company provided health services be integrated with primary health care ? 2nd Question: What is the role of employers for increasing health service coverage of workers and families ?DECP©
  • 19. Do we want to provide answers to these questions … Looking BACK ? Or looking FORWARD ?DECP©
  • 20. III (Re-)appointing responsibilitiesDECP©
  • 21. Companies and employers Employers – however small their companies – have to ensure that any work under their command is without physical, mental or social hazard to the worker The knowledge and skills this requires are bought or contracted as a professional serviceDECP©
  • 22. ‘Workers’ Are taught in primary, secundary and vocational training to take care of their health and to understand and to apply any safety regulation* The expert knowledge and advice this requires throughout their working life is available to them as part of obligatory health insurance *) Not just for themselves, but also for their co-workersDECP©
  • 23. Society by the voice of goverment Takes full responsibility for the proper administration of responsibilities to and by employers, its occupational population, its education system, its health and health insurance system and more … to ensure that everything in society is geared towards the highest possible and sustainable productivity to which all citizens (can) contribute – no matter gender, age or abilityDECP©
  • 24. Finally Let us face the marked distinction between the two following quotes and get rid of what underlies the firstDECP©
  • 25. ‘About half of the world population spend at least one third of their time at the workplace (…)’ Opening of the conference document ‘The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to keep it’ Genesis 2.15DECP©

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