Disrespect or dignity? Experiences of mandatory work participants in the Netherlands from the perspective of the right to work

Anja Eleveld*

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Abstract

This article explores the extent to which mandatory work programmes (MWPs) which oblige social assistance recipients to perform work activities in order to improve or develop basic work skills, can be considered in conformity with the human right to work. Drawing on qualitative research in three municipalities in the Netherlands, The findings indicate that overall, the work in the MWPs infringed the right to work. However, part of the MWP participants were able to realise the right to work to the extent that participation in an MWP enhanced their dignity, self-respect and their opportunities for self-development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-171
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date19 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NWO (the Dutch Research Council) under (Veni) Grant number 451-15-005.

Publisher Copyright:
© Policy Press 2021

Keywords

  • Dignity at work
  • Mandatory work programme
  • The right to work
  • Welfare-to-work

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