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Panel 18: New forms of work and labour market policies

Wednesday 29 June, 09:00-10:30

The panel will examine whether, and if so how, digitalisation and the so-called new forms of work, especially ‘gig work’, create new challenges for welfare states and, in particular, labour market and employment protection policies. The rationale behind this question is that one apparent consequence of the spread of such forms of work is that the number of people who are technically self-employed increases. This means that, for these workers, insofar as their career trajectory in atypical, the risk of unemployment takes on a different form. Moreover, such work patterns are likely to put financial pressures on labour market and unemployment protection policies, wherever these rely most heavily on contribution-based financing. Is it appropriate to speak here about a ‘new social risk’ and, if so, are labour market and employment policies well equipped to cover it? Should activation policies adapt to the new realities and, if so, how? If not, what kind of changes should we envisage and should they be the same across countries? How can trade unions mediate these changes?

Speakers:

  • Maarten Keune, UvA-AIAS
  • Janine Berg, ILO Working Conditions and Equality department - PRESENTATION
  • Fritz von Nordheim, European Commission, GD EMPL

Discussant: Ben Egan, ETUC

Moderator: Sotiria Theodoropoulou, ETUI

Read the short summary of this panel debate.

For further reading:

Janine Berg: Income security in the on-demand economy: Findings and policy lessons from a survey of crowdworkers

Janine Berg: How are workers faring in the gig economy?

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