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‘Algorithm breakers’ are not a different ‘species’: attitudes towards trade unions of Deliveroo riders in Belgium

Kurt Vandaele, Agnieszka Piasna and Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI)

2019

This working paper investigates a rare case of platform work performed in the realm of regulated employment and explores the attitudes of platform workers towards collective representation. Using a case study of Deliveroo, a food delivery platform, the paper argues that platform workers are not essentially different to their peers in their attitudes towards trade unions. The paper finds that the riders do not generally hold negative views towards unions, and do not consider unions incompatible with platform work. Instead, there has been a lack of union activity in reaching out to riders as a reason for their non-membership.


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Convergence to fair wage growth? Evidence from European countries on the link between productivity and real compensation growth, 1970–2017

Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI)

2019

This Working Paper addresses the issue of ‘fair’ wage growth over the last few decades. It assesses whether growth in real compensation is systematically associated with labour productivity growth and, if so, whether the two have ‘decoupled’ in recent years. The paper examines country-specific evidence from 25 Member States and finds evidence for a widening of the wage-productivity gap in the 1970s and 1980s which has only been partially closed in recent years.

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Socialising the European Semester? Measuring Member States’ implementation of country-specific recommendations in the social policy field

Rayan Al-Kadi and Stefan Clauwaert (ETUI)

2019

This Working Paper surveys the extent to which Member States comply with CSRs relating to social policy.

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Legislative implementation of European social partner agreements: challenges and debates

Jean-Paul Tricart

2019

This Working Paper analyses the development of the interpretation that the European Commission has given to the TFEU provision concerning mechanisms for extensions of collective agreements. The paper examines how the Commission has reinterpreted these provision and the challenges this poses for the social partners.

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Phasing out coal – a just transition approach

Béla Galgóczi (ETUI)

2019

This working paper examines what a Just Transition to a Greener but employment-rich and egalitarian economy might look like. It examines the employment structure the European economy with a focus on the coal sector in the light of European Union commitments to phase out coal and argues that policymakers should devise a specific plan for the sector.

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A European Social Semester?

Björn Hacker

2019
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This working paper examines the EPSR’s practical use in the context of European ‘soft’ governance. It studies how the EPSR has been deployed in the 2018 European Semester and suggests some areas for reform in order to enhance its role in coordinating social policy.

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Work in deregulated labour markets: a research agenda for precariousness

Valeria Pulignano

2019

This Working Paper tackles two questions: what counts as work within a deregulated labour market; and what are the implications for the study of precariousness?

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