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Silvia Rainone, Antonio Aloisi

Time to deliver?

Policy implications The Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and the Porto Social Summit have created a momentum for the enhancement of the social dimension of the European Union (EU), but, so far, without much to show by way of innovation. The EU should further expand the legislative agenda in the social and labour fields in... Find out more

Holy union?

The economic and social crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe and around the world is without precedent since World War II if not before. With more than 40 million known cases in Europe in one year, and over 900 000 deaths (March 2020 to March 2021), governments have stepped up their emergency measures to contain the spread of the... Find out more

Performance pay across Europe

This paper shows that the use of performance pay schemes has risen substantially across Europe from fewer than one-fifth in 2000 up to one-third in 2015, using data from the European Working Conditions Survey and the Structure of Earnings Survey enriched with external contextual data. This increase has been partly driven by technological change and... Find out more

David Walters, Richard Johnstone, Hans Jørgen Limborg, ...

Securing compliance

This paper discusses findings from a review of recent literature on support for securing compliance and better practice in occupational safety and health (OSH) in the changing world of work in advanced market economies. It explores innovative responses of regulators and private actors to the challenges created by these changes, as well as... Find out more

The AI Regulation: entering an AI regulatory winter?

Policy issues AI systems in the context of employment are intrusive and have negative impacts on workers. The proposed Regulation fails to address the specificity of AI uses in employment, including platform work. An ad hoc directive on AI in employment is therefore necessary. As a consequence of focusing the regulatory approach on high-risk... Find out more

Eloi Laurent

From welfare to farewell

This working paper is intended to shed light on a pressing issue: the apparent growth-dependency of European welfare states at a time of weak growth prospects and strong criticisms of growth. Indeed, while the notion of going beyond GDP growth is gaining momentum in the European Union, as elsewhere, and seems rational and desirable to a growing... Find out more

Teleworking in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic

Policy implications Policymakers should address the risk of the gradual disappearance of the physical workplace, and with it of the notion of choice in relation to remote working. As segments of the workforce return to the workplace, employers should ensure the continuity of countermeasures to buffer isolation. It will be essential for employers to... Find out more

Pierre Bérastégui, Stan De Spiegelaere, Christophe Degryse, ...

Benchmarking Working Europe 2020

→ A virus is haunting Europe. And it could strike again. This year’s 20th anniversary issue of our flagship publication Benchmarking Working Europe brings to a growing audience of trade unionists, industrial relations specialists and policymakers a simple warning: beside SARS-CoV-2, the virus that has caused the Covid-19... Find out more

Workers in the food chain

The next time you see an attractively packaged food product in a supermarket or an advertisement, take a moment to think about all the links in the chain that that product passed through to get to you. To help stimulate the thought process, this special report offers you an insight into the daily lives of the food chain workers, who are sometimes... Find out more

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July 12, 2021

GreenReads: IEA Roadmap to Net-Zero – ‘Fit for 55’ package – Bleak IPCC leaked report – EU Sustainable Finance Strategy

Subscribe to our newsletters → here International Energy Agency (IEA) calls for end of fossil-fuel era In a landmark report published on 18 May, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA)... Find out more

July 12, 2021

Corporate Sustainability Reporting in the EU

Subscribe to our newsletters → here A key demand of the ETUC is that companies should provide complete and accurate reports on their impacts on the environment and society. In the EU, corporate... Find out more

July 12, 2021

The welfare state in a postgrowth Europe – ETUI event review

The ETUI, in co-operation with the European Climate Foundation, held a conference on ‘The nexus of climate change and welfare: towards a new concept of the welfare state’ on 17 June 2021. The aim of... Find out more

July 12, 2021

The EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) - what is at stake?

Subscribe to our newsletters → here The European Union announced a new emissions target that seeks to reduce its net emissions by 55 percent by 2030 from the 1990 levels. As part of the EU’s... Find out more