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COVID-19 could be a catalyst for fundamental change that will define the Future of Europe

COVID-19 could be a catalyst for fundamental change that will define the Future of Europe

Blog posts   •   May 04, 2021 15:00 BST

​On 9 May, the Conference on the Future of Europe will get underway. Floated well before the COVID-19 outbreak, its timing in the wake of the seismic shifts precipitated by the pandemic, and its implementation alongside the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, means that the outcomes could be far-reaching.

Good news for gender equality as we exit the COVID-19 crisis?

Good news for gender equality as we exit the COVID-19 crisis?

Blog posts   •   Apr 28, 2021 15:00 BST

The pandemic has had differential impacts on women. Raised consciousness about them must be applied to advance gender equality in recovery measures.

Choosing to challenge – the EU Gender Equality Strategy one year in

Choosing to challenge – the EU Gender Equality Strategy one year in

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2021 08:00 GMT

​This year’s theme to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March is Choose to Challenge (or #ChooseToChallenge, if you prefer). The idea is to highlight that ‘from challenge comes change’ and that ‘we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality’.

Charting a positive path for platform workers

Charting a positive path for platform workers

Blog posts   •   Feb 24, 2021 15:00 GMT

While 2020 may come to be seen as the year platform work gathered pace and started to go mainstream – thanks in large part to COVID-19 containment measures sparking an increase in food and grocery delivery – 2021 could be the year that regulation of platform work is set in motion.

Two worlds of income support during COVID-19

Two worlds of income support during COVID-19

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2021 15:00 GMT

The employment toll of COVID-19 has been stark in Europe, and it could have been even greater had it not been for the adoption of unprecedented assistance measures in all Member States, supported by the European Union. But have these policies benefited different groups in the labour market equally, or have they cemented existing inequalities in access to support?

COVID-19: A tale of two service sectors

COVID-19: A tale of two service sectors

Blog posts   •   Feb 03, 2021 10:00 GMT

The employment fallout of COVID-19 has been a story of two types of service work. Office-based knowledge workers have largely kept their jobs and incomes while working from home; whereas client-facing service workers have borne the brunt of the lockdowns and the steep declines in demand for in-person services in restaurants, hotels, leisure and the arts.

Protecting access to healthcare during COVID-19 and beyond

Protecting access to healthcare during COVID-19 and beyond

Blog posts   •   Jan 20, 2021 09:00 GMT

Healthcare providers have been overwhelmed by the demand for COVID-19-related care. Medical appointments and treatments for other conditions have often been delayed, potentially leading to escalating health problems and greater future care needs among those who have missed out. If the pandemic leads to an economic crash, this rise in unmet medical needs could spiral.

COVID-19, Big Brother and the business case for doing better

COVID-19, Big Brother and the business case for doing better

Blog posts   •   Jan 13, 2021 16:00 GMT

In the most successful businesses, managers were found to facilitate employees to work independently rather than to focus on controlling whether they carried out their tasks. Closely monitoring employee behaviour might indeed ensure that workers do their job but is unlikely to motivate them to go beyond their job description.

New forms of employment in Europe – How new is new?

New forms of employment in Europe – How new is new?

Blog posts   •   Dec 15, 2020 15:00 GMT

Standard employment is not simply being replaced by non-standard work; employment is becoming more diverse, and policy must accordingly become more tailored.

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Blog posts   •   Dec 03, 2020 07:00 GMT

An ageing Europe and rising public expenditure on long-term care have signalled for some time that the fundamentals of care provision need to be addressed. However, the shocking death toll in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that many long-term care services were ill-equipped to protect their vulnerable users have lately focused the public mind on the issue.

Member States are dawdling on gender pay transparency

Member States are dawdling on gender pay transparency

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2020 15:45 GMT

The gender pay gap in gross hourly earnings in the EU was 14.8% in 2018. To help combat discriminatory pay practices by employers, the European Commission recommended in 2014 the introduction of pay transparency measures in all Member States. But more than half still have not implemented any such measures. Where do Member States currently stand on the agenda?

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

Blog posts   •   Oct 28, 2020 11:00 GMT

New data from Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) show that two-thirds of workers (private sector, with more than 10 employees, EU27) are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement. Bargaining coverage is substantially higher in countries where there are sectoral agreements and where these are frequently extended to non-covered companies or workers.

Youth in a time of COVID

Youth in a time of COVID

Blog posts   •   Oct 23, 2020 10:09 BST

Young people are overrepresented in the sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 restrictions, such as retail, travel and hospitality. According to Eurofound’s ‘Living, working and COVID-19’ survey of people in Europe, 11% of respondents aged 18–29 lost their jobs during the pandemic, compared to 8% of workers over 30.

The COVID-19 recovery needs a green, social, digitally skilled Europe

The COVID-19 recovery needs a green, social, digitally skilled Europe

Blog posts   •   Sep 15, 2020 07:00 BST

COVID-19 has left many people jobless, furloughed and financially vulnerable, often feeling isolated and pessimistic. It has become clear that the status quo is no longer sustainable or desirable. The political and economic response needs to take these changed attitudes into consideration.

Europe’s low-carbon transition makes economic sense

Europe’s low-carbon transition makes economic sense

Blog posts   •   Feb 10, 2020 07:00 GMT

Europe’s economy, and particularly the economy of rural Europe, may have it all to gain from a low-carbon transition, but getting everyone on board could turn out to be the greatest challenge.

The pandora’s box of the platform economy

The pandora’s box of the platform economy

Blog posts   •   Jan 28, 2020 11:00 GMT

We hear more and more about the platform economy, with the debate often revolving around the potential long-term implications of its growth on the labour market and the impact on traditional and established businesses and industries. There has been increasing calls for a legislative response at European and national level, but what information do we have for evidence-based policy making?

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2020 10:00 GMT

​As one of their ‘100 days in office’ initiatives, the new European Commission intends to propose an initiative for an EU minimum wage. The aim is that by 2024 every worker in the EU should earn a fair and adequate wage, no matter where they live. And despite the Commission’s assurance that this would not alter national traditions of wage-setting, emotions are already running high

Restructuring:  Do unions still matter?

Restructuring: Do unions still matter?

Blog posts   •   Nov 20, 2019 11:00 GMT

Trade unions in many EU Member States face the issue of declining membership. This is a fundamental challenge for organised labour, but it is premature to speak about the redundancy unions: when it comes to important decisions affecting the workplace, restructuring being one, trade unions remain a powerful mechanism of employee voice.

Future of work: What can we learn from cooperatives and social enterprises?

Future of work: What can we learn from cooperatives and social enterprises?

Blog posts   •   Nov 15, 2019 11:00 GMT

Much of the discussion on the future of work is focused on globalisation and technology, and their impacts on the labour market. However, there is also a growing interest in the business models used by cooperatives and social enterprises, and how they can contribute to a better future of work.

100 years of 8-hour working days

100 years of 8-hour working days

Blog posts   •   Nov 12, 2019 11:00 GMT

John Maynard Keynes famously thought that, by now, the primary societal issue would be boredom, due to productivity increasing to a level where we would only need to work 15 hours per week. He was evidently wrong. Despite huge changes in technology and productivity, long working hours are still prevalent.