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David Natali, Colin Crouch, Bernhard Ebbinghaus, ...

Covid-19 and the world of work in Europe

Editorial David Natali This issue of Transfer addresses some of the main analytical and substantive questions stemming from the pandemic that first hit Europe in February 2020. The magnitude of the crisis, in terms of both its impact on health and well-being, and its consequences for economic prospects, is enormous. The massive spread of the virus... Find out more

Collective bargaining in Europe: towards an endgame. Volume I, II, III and IV

This collection of four volumes charts the development of collective bargaining since the year 2000 in the 28 EU Member States. These four volumes document how the institutions of collective bargaining have been removed, fundamentally altered or markedly narrowed in scope in all 28 EU Member States. However, there are also positive examples to be... Find out more

Agnieszka Piasna, Wouter Zwysen, Jan Drahokoupil

The platform economy in Europe

This paper presents some of the key insights from the second wave of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey (ETUI IPWS) conducted in 14 member states of the European Union (EU) in Spring 2021. The use of standard probability sampling allows us to estimate the proportion of internet and platform workers, and to identify their characteristics, in... Find out more

Benchmarking Working Europe 2021

It has almost become a cliché to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities while also generating new ones. However, the following pages of this year’s Benchmarking Working Europe clearly reveal that, far from being a platitude, the nexus between the pandemic and rising inequalities is both increasingly measurable and... Find out more

Sebastiano Sabato, Bart Vanhercke, Anne-Catherine Guio

A ‘Social Imbalances Procedure’ for the EU

In view of the formidable challenges ahead related to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and to the green and digital transitions, the EU social governance toolbox should urgently be strengthened. This paper discusses the conditions for and added value of setting up an EU Social Imbalances Procedure (SIP), which would be a significant step in this... Find out more

Torsten Müller, Thorsten Schulten

The European minimum wage on the doorstep

The European Commission published a consultation document with a view to take legislative action to establish fair minimum wages in Europe. In this policy brief, the researchers argue for a pragmatic approach of taking the ‘in-work-poverty-wage’ threshold of 60 per cent of the national full-time gross median wage as the reference to assess the... Find out more

Why the EU’s patchy ‘just transition’ framework is not up to meeting its climate ambitions

Policy recommendations The social dimension of the European Green Deal remains underdeveloped. The social and employment-related challenges of the green transition span many dimensions, such as job losses and employment transitions, reskilling and upskilling of the workforce, distributional effects of decarbonisation policies, the protection of... Find out more

Michael Dauderstädt, Cinzia Alcidi, Francesco Corti, ...

Social policy in the European Union: state of play 2021

The European Union is currently fighting on two main fronts, Covid-19 and climate change, though with skirmishes elsewhere – including migration and the rule of law. While science seems to be slowly gaining the upper hand in the fight against the pandemic, despite setbacks like the latest Omicron attack, Covid-19 continues to hold global society in... Find out more

Workers on the route

Register to attend the event Launch of HesaMag#25: ‘Workers on the route’ From the consumer goods transported by ship or lorry and the meals delivered to us directly by bike, through to the trains and buses we take every day to get to work and the flights we book to go on holiday, it’s clear that transport workers are absolutely essential to our... Find out more

Wouter Zwysen, Jan Drahokoupil

Are collective agreements losing their bite?

This paper describes the evolution of collective bargaining coverage in European countries during 2002-2018 and links it to changes in the evolution of the pay premia received by workers covered by collective bargaining. It uses evidence from the European Structure of Earnings Survey (ESES) to map developments in 28 European countries. We analyse... Find out more

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June 21, 2022

GreenReads: EU Parliament fights over Fit for 55 - End of combustion engine cars in 2035? - Green Taxonomy: are gas and nuclear sustainable investments? – Australian elections

EU Parliament fights over EU’s Fit for 55 package On 8 June, the European Parliament failed to adopt three essential legislative proposals of the EU Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ package. In a chaotic... Find out more

June 15, 2022

OSH recognized as ILO fundamental principle and right

On the 10th of June 2022, following the proposition by the General Affairs Committee, the delegates attending the International Labour Conference have adopted a resolution to add the principle of a... Find out more

June 15, 2022

The urgent need for a post-growth society

Converting to an economy based on need rather than accumulation is not just an ecological imperative but a social desideratum. Criticisms of the depredations of economic growth go back a long way... Find out more

June 14, 2022

Uber’s pilot project of having autonomous vehicles for deliveries

On Monday 16 May 2022, Uber Eats launched two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles to deliver food without the need for human drivers. Uber is known for using automation and innovative technology... Find out more