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17 November 2015, ITUH, bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Bruxelles, 7th floor meeting room; 12h30-14h00

Book launch: Hard work in new jobs. The quality of work and life in European growth sectors

'Hard Work in New Jobs' investigates hard work and new and expanding jobs in Europe. The interrelationship between the labour market and welfare regimes, quality of work and quality of life is played out at many levels: the institutional; the organizational level of the company and its customers or clients; the level of everyday life at the workplace and beyond it; and the level of workers' careers and biographies.

So far, there have been limited attempts to connect these levels in analysing the interrelationship between job growth, quality of work and quality of life. The present book aims to do just that and connects analyses of the structure and meaning of 'hard work'. The book explores the configurations and factors that shape 'hard work' on the European level, the levels of European and national sectors, the levels of companies and the career trajectories and experiences of workers in catering, cleaning, construction, elderly care, and waste management.

The book which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2015 will be presented by the editors:

Ursula Holtgrewe, Senior Researcher and member of the management team at Forschungs und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt, Austria, and teaches sociology at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Vassil Kirov, Associate Professor in the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISSK-BAS) and Associate Researcher at the Centre Pierre Naville, University of Evry and the ETUI

Monique Ramioul, Director of the Work and Organisation Research Group at the Research Institute for Work and Society, HIVA, University of Leuven, Belgium

Comments by Anna Harvey, UNI Europa, Rolf Gehring, EFBWW and Richard Pond, EPSU

The book launch will be moderated by Philippe Pochet, General director ETUI

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