The sustainability of work: How to enable workers to stay healthy in the job, and to develop as a person and professional?
Employment growth in Europe has been a policy aim since the establishment of the European Employment Strategy (EES) at the Luxemburg Employment Council 1997, and has been successfully pursued. The aim of improving the quality of jobs has had a more discontinuous history in both EU policy and empirical reality. The EU is at present facing grave challenges. But new and better jobs are still the core building block for generating productive and healthy societies.

Through the walqing project several lessons have been learnt about the challenges and possibilities of creating sustainable work in sectors with problematic working conditions or low wages. In particular we have gained valuable insight into companies with good working practices and social partnership initiatives to improve the quality of work. The challenge is now to act on this knowledge. This expert workshop invites you to take part in this knowledge sharing, and to commit yourself to bring it further towards identifying problem areas and developing policy lessons for future working life in Europe.

By "sustainablility of work" we refer to the characteristics of a job that enable the employee to stay healthy in the job and to develop as a person and professional. The concept of sustainability is a vehicle for understanding how a society can reduce the level of sickness absence and early retirement, and increase the level of work quality and work-life balance. The jobs investigated in walqing are construction, waste collection, elderly care, catering and cleaning. These are gender-segmented sectors, and this calls for a gender perspective.

Invited to this walqing expert workshop are core stakeholders at EU, national and sectoral level in the area of the work and working conditions, as well as company and employee representatives

walqing receives research funding under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme.

Participation at the conference is free of charge.

The conference language is English.