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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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September 15, 2021

Thousands of medical workers march for better working conditions in Poland

On 11 September, a large number of nurses, doctors and paramedics rallied in central Warsaw to demand higher wages and an improvement of their working conditions. As the fourth coronavirus wave... Find out more

September 14, 2021

Collective bargaining highlights - July and August 2021

Germany - Pay raise of 5% in fine ceramics industry The union IG BCE and employers in the fine ceramics industry in west Germany agreed on a collective agreement. The 17,000 employees in the industry... Find out more

September 13, 2021

GreenReads: Hydrogen – Macroeconomic impacts of climate policies

Hydrogen – hope or hype? One of the most controversial issues in the context of decarbonising our economy, is the debate on the use of hydrogen. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe... Find out more

September 13, 2021

Social partners on the "Fit for 55" package

IndustriAll acknowledges that climate change is already happening and that the future of EU industries must be climate neutral. At the same time, it notes that the `Fit for 55` package launched by the... Find out more