Russian Employment Protection Regulation and Employment Policy: an analysis from the perspective of the EU flexicurity policy
Although the word “flexicurity” is not used in the Russian context, it is possible to analyze whether all or some elements of this EU policy are applied in Russia. The article shows that common talks about excessive “rigidity” of Russian employment protection legislation are seriously exaggerated. The already existing legal mechanisms give employers sufficient flexibility to manage the labour relations.
In contrary, the “security” part of flexicurity such as active labour market policy, lifelong learning and effective social dialogue is not implemented in an effective way.
Nevertheless, the major employers’ organization of Russia takes to public discussion only the deregulative changes of labour legislation facing a minor opposition of weak trade unions. This situation is very dangerous to Russian social development, especially in the current difficult economic situation.