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Benchmarking Working Europe 2021

It has almost become a cliché to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities while also generating new ones. However, the following pages of this year’s Benchmarking Working Europe clearly reveal that, far from being a platitude, the nexus between the pandemic and rising inequalities is both increasingly measurable and... Find out more

Valeria Pulignano, Agnieszka Piasna, Markieta Domecka, ...

Does it pay to work?

Policy recommendations Unpaid labour should be recognised as a systemic feature of platform work, inherent in its current model of work organisation. Its prevalence and magnitude render it a pressing regulatory issue. Introducing minimum standards regarding working time and wages is a key step towards limiting unpaid labour and establishing fairer... Find out more

Ian Gough

Two scenarios for sustainable welfare

More and more nation states are now committing to net-zero carbon by 2050 at the latest, which is encouraging, but none have faced up to the transformation of economies, societies and lives that this will entail. This paper considers two scenarios for sustainable welfare and discusses the implications for contemporary incomes, jobs and welfare... 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

Bart Vanhercke, Amy Verdun, Angelina Atanasova, ...

From the European Semester to the Recovery and Resilience Facility

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, major financial support has been pledged to Member States. This funding draws on the EU’s multiannual financial framework and the ‘NextGenerationEU’ with, at its core, the temporary ‘Recovery and Resilience Facility’ (RRF). While some reporting templates have been newly invented, others are linked to the... Find out more

‘One in, one out’, an incongruous approach to the major European challenges

Policy recommendations The costs and burdens that go hand-in-hand with legislation (taxes and charges, monitoring and evaluation reports, statistics, labelling, etc.) are an intrinsic part of the democratic system. If they are abolished, this should be on the basis of a case-by-case assessment, not a bookkeeping approach. Regulatory power, the new... Find out more

Yelter Bollen, Tycho Van Hauwaert, Olivier Beys

For a fair and effective industrial climate transition

Europe’s industrial base needs to undergo a swift and persistent transformation towards carbon neutrality and circularity, but this transition must happen in a fair and socially just manner. In this working paper, we evaluate the support mechanisms for heavy industry which have been put in place over the past 20 years, comparing the state of play... Find out more

Stefan Jestl, Robert Stehrer

(Post-)pandemic employment dynamics in a comparative perspective

Policy recommendations Fiscal and monetary policies should remain expansionary to ensure that the nascent labour market recovery continues, allowing a quick recovery to pre-crisis employment levels. Fiscal policy should focus on pressing short-term needs, but also on supporting the EU’s transition to tackle challenges of the future, including the... 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

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Subscribe for free to your newsletters → here In an opinion published on 10 January 2022, the French National Commission on Ethics and Alerts in Public Health and the Environment (CNDASPE) recommends... Find out more