How to get job quality on to the policy agenda?

26 November 2014

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.


About the baby and the bathwater: assessing the European Platform against Poverty

25 November 2014

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).


Social innovation and equality: keys to social-ecological transition

24 November 2014

Europe must adopt new methods of governance that push equity and collaborative modes of consumption if the social-ecological transition is to be successful. This was the message from Olivier De Schutter, distinguished professor and former United Nations' special rapporteur on the right to food, speaking at the third ETUI conference on the social-ecological transition entitled A new climate for the EU’s sustainability transition. De Schutter called on the EU to move beyond GDP and replace top-down governance with bottom-up social innovation.


Workers and nanomaterials

24 November 2014

The EU’s REACH chemicals legislation requires industry to provide information on chemical substances for their evaluation, and this applies also to nanomaterials. Despite this need to provide information, very few nanomaterials have been registered in the EU’s REACH registration system – 9 to date, out of the hundreds that exist and can be found in products for sale in shops.


Europe’s investment plan: a game of numbers

21 November 2014

The EU Commission is set to present on Wednesday 26 November more details of a 300 billion euro investment plan to stimulate Europe’s struggling economies. But how much will be new money and how effective will this stimulus be?


EU Court backs limits on benefits for migrants

19 November 2014

European Union Member States can refuse under certain conditions to give unemployment benefits to migrants from other EU nations, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on 11 November.


UK: rise in work-related illnesses

17 November 2014

Statistics recently released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the number of people made ill through work is again rising in the United Kingdom, reversing a long-term downward trend.


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