I vote for equal rights for all workers, employed by compagnies and self-employed. The equal right to basic social security.
Read the TEDtalk below.
Ik kies voor gelijke rechten voor alle werkenden, vast en flex.
Het gelijke recht op basale sociale zekerheid.
Door op I agree te klikken ondersteun je de lobby; Gelijke rechten voor alle werkenden, ongeacht de contract vorm. Het gelijke recht op basale sociale zekerheid.
Dit houdt in dat iedereen die werkt – vast en flex – toegang krijgt tot, en bijdraagt aan een basisverzekering. Deze basisverzekering bestaat uit opleidingsgelden, een collectieve arbeidsongeschiktheidsverzekering en een algemeen pensioenfonds.
De verzekering is aan de werkende zelf gekoppeld, niet aan de werkgever of branche. We hebben allemaal een uniek Burgerservicenummer (BSN). Daarop wordt precies bijgehouden wat we per jaar verdienen. Koppelen we de opbouw van de arbeidsongeschiktheid- pensioen- en opleidingsgelden aan dit nummer en spreken we collectief een minimale premieafdracht af dan is het wel zo helder en flexibel.
Mensen met vaste contracten kunnen zo weer mobieler worden zonder de opgebouwde rechten te verliezen, deze zijn namelijk aan de werkende zelf gekoppeld en niet aan de werkgever. Flexwerkers en ZZP’ers krijgen zo ook toegang tot de collectieve sociale zekerheden en opleidingsgelden. En hiermee wordt tevens het collectiviteitsvoordeel voor iedereen vergroot.
Om ervoor te zorgen dat we in tijden van onzekerheid toch uitdagingen aan durven gaan terwijl we niemand naast het vangnet laten vallen stem ik voor een basisverzekering voor alle werkenden. Daarmee krijgt iedereen recht op wederkerige flexibiliteit en combinatie met basale zekerheid.
Wat stem jij?
Do you know that feeling? That you see something so crystal clear, as if it were written in big neon lights? So clear that you can’t miss it … and yet nobody else seems to see it?
I see buildings, cities and countries filled with talent, I see abundant ambition, passion and dream. And I see a growing necessity to use all this talent to its fullest potential. The industrial revolution made way for a technological revolution and an era of change.
This requires a flexible workforce that’s adaptive to the needs of a rapidly changing worldeconomy. And yet, we seem to hold on so forcefully to labor relationships which limit our creativity and flexibility, rather than boosting it. Do you see it?
If you don’t, then let me explain. I live in the Netherlands, we have a strong social security system based on the idea of “permanent jobs”. Lifetime jobs with access to “old-fashioned” social security luxury. So when I graduated from university I started looking for that lifetime job. A job that would allow me to get a mortgage, start a family and ensure financial stability. It wasn’t the job that motivated me first; it was my need for security. So when I finely got that job, I did my work, put in the hours and wanted to keep it even when it stopped being challenging. And then I got sacked…
It was only after a period of eating lot’s of chocolate and feeling really sorry for myself that I started searching for meaning and motivation. It was sheer desperation that made me realy explore my qualities. Today, being selfemployed I do not work anymore, I do the things I believe in and get payed for it. And that’s exactly what I wish for everyone.
What I do not wish for anyone is the great financial risk I take by being self-employed. With little to no access to collective and therefor affordable dysability insurance, scooling funds and pension schemes, I hardly build a stable future for me and my family. And unfortunately I’m not the only one experiencing this! I would even dare to say that our social security system is become outdated because it doesn’t stimulate people to develop anymore. Instead, it stimulates people to stay put out of the fear of losing their job and access to social security. And I have to say – I really do understand these peolpe!
In the last few decades the Netherlands has seen an mayor shift in self-employment. In 1980, 98% of workers had a fixed term contract, today that’s only 65%. While life span of companies and even sectors are getting shorter, the caring duty of companies is increasing. Therefore, fixed term contracts have become a luxury that many employers are no longer willing or able to afford. But because this ‘fixed term’ contract is still the main “entry ticket” to our social security model, employees stay put in their golden cages. You have to really enjoy living on the edge before giving that up voluntarily
Today there are nearly one million self-employed people, and that number is growing. 74% of them have no disability insurance, 80% have no pension plan. And because they do’ nt have acces, they don’t contribute which is now undermining the social security model. That’s why I see, in bright shining neon lights, that it’s necessary to give all workers equal rights. This is better for the all of us. Only when we give all workers the fundamental right to basic social security and flexibility, we can create the conditions that people need to be creative, innovative, or at least adaptive!
How do I see this happening? Simple! Connect access to social insurance, pensions and training funds to the employed, NOT the employer, the industry or the country. This way, everyone that works has access to the same basic security. Every citizen who works contributes, and therefore is entitled to the same collective benefits, benifits you take with you when you chance employer.
This way it will be easier for our governments to stabilize social security. It will be easier for companies to adapt to a changing environment. And It will be easier for people to create their own future. Because they will have equal opportunity to buy a house, access a pension plan and disability insurance. And they will be empowered to take responsibility for their lifelong learning.
This is not a luxury, but a condition for the optimal functioning of our knowledge economy, our academia, and to ensure a healthy work-life balance. In short, the well-being of our society as a whole is at stake. When all workers have equal rights, all workers can commit to employers because they want to, not because they have to! They can change jobs, continuously learn and be self-employed when they are ready for a new challenge, without givingup their security. Beceause Let’s face it; surely you too would rather work with and for people who simply want to work with and for you, not just because they need to!!
By giving all the employed – whether they work in companies, the government or for themselves – access to the same benefits, we give everyone the freedom and the security they need to unleash their abundant talent. Talent we desperately need in this era of change, or should I say, in this change of era!
Let us free all employees from rigid labor conditions and truly emacipate the worker! Let’s reform our social security model so that it strengthens solidarity and is social aigain – the way it’s supposed to be!
Do you see now?
If, like me, you do see the neon lights and believe that equal rights for all workers is necessary for a sustainable future, then please click “I agree” to help me make it happen!