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‘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

Calvin Allen, Jens Becker, Ina Kulić, ...

Repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic

Editorial Béla Galgóczi and Calvin Allen This first issue of the SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe for 2021 focuses on the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic across the region, with a view also to the role of the EU. When the SEER devoted an issue to the pandemic a year ago, the region was comparatively less affected... Find out more

Mathew Johnson, Valeria Pulignano, Sabina Stan, ...

Transforming care work within an era of changing priorities of care policy

Editorial Mathew Johnson, Valeria Pulignano This thematic special issue of Transfer titled ‘Transforming care work within an era of changing priorities of care policy’ explores how policy, institutional and market-driven transformations of care regimes across Europe impact upon the quality of care services and the quality of care work. In this... 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

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

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November 26, 2021

More ambitious European minimum-wages directive demanded

The European Parliament has upped the ante, beyond a European Commission proposal, on a minimum-wages directive. On November 11th, the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee... Find out more

November 10, 2021

Arise, power, strategy and union resurgence

There have been thousands of research papers and books from both scholars and practitioners on the questions of union decline, union organising, and efforts to revitalise the union movement, yet we... Find out more

November 08, 2021

A battle won, but not yet the war

We might be living in a historical moment. The European Commission is about to launch a proposal for an EU directive on Digital Platform Workers with the aim of improving the working conditions of... Find out more

November 08, 2021

Collective bargaining highlights - October 2021

Austria - Collective agreement for cleaning staff For workers in the cleaning sector a new collective agreement has been concluded. Wages of those employed in monument, facade and building cleaning... Find out more