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Quality jobs as well as jabs

Policy implications Tackling precarious work is essential for a fair Covid‑19 recovery and healthier future of work. The Covid‑19 crisis is worsening existing inequalities in the world of work. The European Commission should embed the principle of equity into the country‑specific recommendations of the European Semester, with a view to allocating... Find out more

Holy union?

English version available soon 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... Find out more

Valeria Pulignano, Markieta Domecka, Karol Muszyński, ...

Creative labour in the era of Covid-19

This working paper identifies some key areas of policy intervention for advancing socially sustainable and fair solutions for freelancers working in the creative industries, who are among those have suffered the most from the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the authors focus on those who work entirely on their own account... Find out more

Slavina Spasova, Dalila Ghailani, Sebastiano Sabato, ...

Non-standard workers and the self-employed in the EU

The lockdown and other restrictive measures introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic recession have had a strong impact on labour markets worldwide. As far as the European Union (EU) is concerned, the accelerated fall in total employment was the ‘sharpest decline ever observed over two successive quarters since 1995’... 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

Hannah Johnston, Alina Caia, Michael ‘Six’ Silberman, ...

Working on digital labour platforms

The present material serves to raise awareness on the reality of platform work among national trade union organizations. The ETUI initiative responds to the identified training needs for a common approach to development of this topic at EU level, based on proposals expressed by the ETUC’s member organizations. The ETUI’s choice of the pedagogical... Find out more

Karen M. Anderson, Denis Bouget, Eleanor Brooks, ...

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2020

All chapters of Social policy in the EU: state of play 2020 consider the consequences of the unfolding public health crisis. Covid‑19’s hijacking of the book had important implications for the contributors, whom we asked not only to analyse key developments in the EU social agenda during 2019 but also to describe the initial Covid‑19-driven EU and... Find out more

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May 06, 2021

Edito#73: We need more than a (Re)Action Plan to develop a genuine European social project

The eyes of all those concerned with social Europe are now on the high-level summit at the end of this week (7-8 May) in Porto. The Portuguese Presidency is hoping to renew the political and... Find out more

April 29, 2021

Call for contributions - Transfer: ‘From just transition to a new concept of the welfare state’

Call for contributions to the special issue of Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research ‘From just transition to a new concept of the welfare state’, 3-2022 Editors: Philippe Pochet, Bela... Find out more

April 26, 2021

The continuing usage of pesticides officially banned in Europe

In the context of the European Green Deal, the EU has undertaken to reduce by half the use of chemical pesticides and the risks associated with them by 2030. Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president... Find out more

April 21, 2021

A long-overdue step on EU sustainability reporting

A draft directive on sustainability reporting out today begins to address the challenge of turning the corporate tanker towards a zero-emissions 2050. Today the European Commission publishes a... Find out more