Labour Markets

The future of work

Philippe Pochet of the ETUI and LSE sets out what we can expect to see in labour markets, the economy and society as a result of the march of digitalisation

It has become commonplace to predict big, even fundamental, changes in the world of work, in relation to what we call the digital transformation. However, this approach is too restrictive. […]

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

This week is the first anniversary of the European Pillar of Social Rights. We are reposting the second of our series of blogs on the pillar, this one by Philippe Pochet of the European Trade Union Institute in which he offers some advice for the European Union as it mounts one of its periodic attempts to recast the Social […]

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights – one year on. Bridging the gap, or falling short?

The European Pillar of Social Rights – one year on. Bridging the gap, or falling short?

This week marks the first birthday of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Here, we are republishing a blog written by Zane Rasnača of the European Trade Union Institute, in which she suggests a few ways in which the EPSR could move beyond soft law to become something more hard-hitting and effective

The events surrounding the European Pillar of Social […]

Robotisation and globalization: the enemy of my enemy?

Toon van Overbeke of the LSE reflects on the ongoing debate about the consequences of automation for the future of work. He argues that as technology is becoming cheaper and more advanced the cost-benefit analysis of off-shoring could well be changing away from further outsourcing and towards reshoring manufacturing back to Europe.

One would be hard-pressed to find many […]

Wages in the gig economy and beyond

Bob Hancké of the London School of Economics examines the wage effects of the gig economy and the potential need for improved regulation and adapted social security systems that cover gig workers more extensively.

Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane is one of the brighter bulbs in economic policy-making. He regularly looks at many different parts of the economy and their effects on […]

Can we create jobs in a ‘post-growth’ world?

Steve Coulter of the ETUI and LSE reports on a recent conference which tackled difficult questions over the fight against climate change.  

The question of how environmental sustainability can be achieved alongside social justice was debated at a meeting of experts earlier this month hosted by the ETUI in Brussels. A lot of interesting points were raised at the […]

Worker’s rights in the digital age

Christophe Degryse of the ETUI argues that, while digitalisation of the economy is inevitable, its effects on labour markets and working lives need to be managed carefully, otherwise we are in for an increasingly polarised and unequal society. The main concerns with digital platforms are the trend towards deregulation and the failure to comply with social legislation. It is difficult, […]

The unlikely cure for populism: democracy at work

Stan De Spiegelaere of the ETUI proposes a cure for populism – democracy at work. After all, he argues,  if we want political democracy to succeed then we need citizens to have practical experiences with participation and involvement. Where better to acquire this experience than the workplace?

Trump in the White House, Orban in Hungary, the Law and Justice party […]

The Country-Specific Recommendations and the European Pillar of Social Rights – a step in the right direction?

Stefan Clauwaert, the ETUI’s legal expert, has analysed the EU Commission’ s country-specific recommendations for 2018-2019, and argues that they show the clear influence of the European Pillar of Social Rights.  While this is a good sign, he argues that in several crucial areas they do not live up to the promise shown at the time that the CSRs were originally introduced. 

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    The impact of digitalisation on the quantity and quality of work. An Austrian perspective

The impact of digitalisation on the quantity and quality of work. An Austrian perspective

Reinhard Haider of the Upper Austria Chamber of Labour examines the labour market effects of digitalisation and the blurring of boundaries between work and private life. He argues that increased digitalisation and automation will significantly change and affect both the quality and quantity of jobs. New forms of jobs and employment in turn are affecting working conditions by altering […]