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While recent years have seen investors fleeing a Europe mired in crisis, Chinese inward investment has increased dramatically. Should workers in now-Chinese-owned firms fear worsening employment and working conditions? Are “European-style” worker representation and collective bargaining under threat?
The research department of the European Trade Union Institute is recruiting a researcher specialised in European industrial relations and workers’ participation.
What will the green energy transition, and more broadly the socio-ecological transition, mean for jobs in the future? Such was the leading question debated by one of the panels at the final NEUJOBS conference.
Find below the highlights of the November issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:
The International Labour Organization (ILO) released, in late November, a report entitled ‘Productive jobs for Greece’. In spite of recent signs of economic recovery in the country, the tripartite organization recommends that further initiatives be taken to reduce unemployment, in particular among youth.
While the new €315 billion investment plan proposed by the Juncker Commission has been welcomed by the European Parliament, several think-tanks and economists have expressed doubts about the feasibility of this plan to ‘kick-start growth’.
One of the European Union’s main aims in the area of employment is to have at its disposal a qualified workforce capable of adapting to the demands of the labour market. Yet a non-negligible proportion of the European population lacks all formal qualification, and recent figures show that the crisis has exacerbated the worrying phenomenon of early-school-leaving. In this context, the authors of a study recently published by the ETUI recommend encouraging the recognition of skills acquired outside the educational establishment.
The crisis, as a result of which several European countries are again plagued by mass unemployment, has shifted the question of job quality on to the back burner. Apart from the state of the economy, the absence of a common definition of the concept of job quality, or of consensus concerning the indicators that would allow it to be measured, prevent this question from featuring in the policy debate. Such is the assessment of the situation as presented by Kirsten Sehnbruch at the ETUI Monthly Forum on ‘Quality of employment in developed and developing countries’, held on 20 November.
While the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy is ongoing, and in a context of unsettling rates of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, a new ETUI Working Paper provides a qualitative assessment of one of Europe 2020’s flagship initiatives: the ‘European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion’ (EPAP).
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