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Panel 5 - The impact of the digital transformation on job quality

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - 14:00-15:30 room: France - interpretation: EN/FR

Digitalisation is transforming not only labour markets, but also public debate about work and employment. The newness related to digitalisation is reflected in the emergence of new terminology to describe these developments, such as gig-economy, on-demand workers, or online platform work. Moreover, due to a high degree of flexibility, temporary nature of work, informal and direct (peer-to-peer) nature of some of the activities, or absence of a traditional workplace, activities in the digital economy are often not even recognised as “work” and the traditional notion of the employment relationship is deemed no longer applicable to this new reality.
Against this background, this panel considers whether digitalisation is better understood when taken as a completely new aspect of the economy, or rather as a part of a broader trend towards casualisation, informalisation of work and the spread of non-standard forms of employment. We will discuss how we can respond to the impact of gig/platform work on the labour market? What is needed for a creation of sustainable and “good work” in the digital economy? What can be done to curb the exploitative nature of some of the new forms of work, and a race to the bottom in terms of pay, quality of work and employment?

  • Valerio De Stefano, Catholic University of Leuven
  • Irene Mandl, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
  • Pamela Meil, Institute for Social Science Research

Comments: Barbara Surdykowska, Solidarność

Moderator: Agnieszka Piasna, European Trade Union Institute