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Wolfgang Schade, Ines Haug, Daniel Berthold

The future of the automotive sector

This battery study analyses the ramping-up of lithium-ion battery cell production in Europe. It outlines lithium-ion battery technology, the value chain, location factors, the innovation system and the employment effects. The report aims to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Europe as a location and its global role in... Find out more

Balancing objectives? Just transition in national recovery and resilience plans

This paper assesses how well national recovery and resilience plans (NRRPs) aim at jointly tackling the social and climate/environmental challenges of recovery from the crisis and the transition to a net zero carbon socioeconomic model. Drawing on the conceptual frameworks proposed by Mandelli (forthcoming) and by Sabato et al. (2021) on how... Find out more

Why the EU’s patchy ‘just transition’ framework is not up to meeting its climate ambitions

Policy recommendations The social dimension of the European Green Deal remains underdeveloped. The social and employment-related challenges of the green transition span many dimensions, such as job losses and employment transitions, reskilling and upskilling of the workforce, distributional effects of decarbonisation policies, the protection of... Find out more

Agnieszka Piasna, Wouter Zwysen, Jan Drahokoupil

The platform economy in Europe

This paper presents some of the key insights from the second wave of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey (ETUI IPWS) conducted in 14 member states of the European Union (EU) in Spring 2021. The use of standard probability sampling allows us to estimate the proportion of internet and platform workers, and to identify their characteristics, in... Find out more

Sebastiano Sabato, Bart Vanhercke, Anne-Catherine Guio

A ‘Social Imbalances Procedure’ for the EU

In view of the formidable challenges ahead related to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and to the green and digital transitions, the EU social governance toolbox should urgently be strengthened. This paper discusses the conditions for and added value of setting up an EU Social Imbalances Procedure (SIP), which would be a significant step in this... Find out more

Torsten Müller, Thorsten Schulten

The European minimum wage on the doorstep

The European Commission published a consultation document with a view to take legislative action to establish fair minimum wages in Europe. In this policy brief, the researchers argue for a pragmatic approach of taking the ‘in-work-poverty-wage’ threshold of 60 per cent of the national full-time gross median wage as the reference to assess the... Find out more

David Natali, Colin Crouch, Bernhard Ebbinghaus, ...

Covid-19 and the world of work in Europe

Editorial David Natali This issue of Transfer addresses some of the main analytical and substantive questions stemming from the pandemic that first hit Europe in February 2020. The magnitude of the crisis, in terms of both its impact on health and well-being, and its consequences for economic prospects, is enormous. The massive spread of the virus... Find out more

Collective bargaining in Europe: towards an endgame. Volume I, II, III and IV

This collection of four volumes charts the development of collective bargaining since the year 2000 in the 28 EU Member States. These four volumes document how the institutions of collective bargaining have been removed, fundamentally altered or markedly narrowed in scope in all 28 EU Member States. However, there are also positive examples to be... Find out more

Workers on the route

Watch the replay of the launch event Launch of HesaMag#25: ‘Workers on the route’ From the consumer goods transported by ship or lorry and the meals delivered to us directly by bike, through to the trains and buses we take every day to get to work and the flights we book to go on holiday, it’s clear that transport workers are absolutely essential... Find out more

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

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July 25, 2022

Minimum-wages directive—history in the making

The Council of the EU has approved a directive fundamentally strengthening collective bargaining and trade union power. One should be careful using the word ‘historic’. But in the case of the... Find out more

July 25, 2022

Ukraine and the geopolitics of the energy transition

The worst scenario of an ‘unjust transition’ has hoved into view with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But another Europe is possible. War is the least ecological activity in which humans can engage... Find out more

July 25, 2022

Working from a distance: remote or removed?

Remote work will outlast the pandemic. But workers must be inoculated against the associated risks. Remote work is here to stay. Workers and businesses seem generally to appreciate it—despite the... Find out more

July 08, 2022

Collective bargaining highlights - June 2022

Germany - Collective agreements for temporary agency work adapted The collective bargaining partners of temporary agency work agreed on the adjustment of the collective pay agreements for the sector... Find out more