Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton (room Pagoda, 8th floor)


This event is dedicated to the topic of the future of work and the impact of digital technology. Two main aspects will be discussed: the ‘platformisation’ of the labour market and the transformative implications of AI for labour relations and job quality. What trends are we seeing emerge, and what challenges? What is the approach of the EU regulator? And what should the regulatory and research agenda be to ensure that workers' dignity is part of the equation when it comes to addressing digital transformation?

The event is multidisciplinary in nature, with ETUI and external researchers presenting data, trends, regulatory analysis, and their own reflections on defining a blueprint for a better digital world of work.The second part of the event is dedicated to early career scholars who have the possibility to present and discuss their work in four thematic panels.

The registrations for this event are closed. For any questions please send an email to avanhoutte@etui.org. 

Download the programme here. 


Check out also our topic webpage on digitalisation here 


09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.15 Opening remarks by Nicola Countouris (Director of Research, ETUI)

10.15 – 11.30 Platformisation of the labour market

Chair: Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI) 

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11.45 – 13.00 AI at work

Chair: Aude Cefaliello (ETUI)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Roundtable: Implications of the digital transformation for the future of work

Uma Rani (Senior economist, ILO) See here her slide, Antonio Aloisi (Assistant professor, IE Law School), Eva Kocher (Professor, Europa-Universität Viadrina), Nicola Countouris (ETUI Director of  Research), Stefan Gran (ETUC Senior Advisor)

Chair: Silvia Rainone (ETUI) and Wouter Zwysen (ETUI)

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30 Early career scholars’ panels (parallel sessions - see full programme)

Find here the presentations:

Session 1: Rethinking working time in the digital era

Christian  Haldrup  (FAOS,  University  of  Copenhagen)  Processes of working  time  segmentation  on  a Danish  food  delivery platform – company or worker driven?
Milena  Franke  (KU  Leuven)  Workers’  contentions  over  unpaid  labour  time  in  food  delivery  and  domestic  work  platforms in Belgium
Szymon Pilch (University of Wrocław) Experiences of remote  work in  times of  the Covid‐19 pandemic. Coping strategies and job quality in education and BPO industry. The case of  Poland
Tommaso Maserati (University of Milan) Working time and  right to disconnect in the ‘virtual office’

Session 2: Algorithmic management: challenges and proposals

Diletta Porcheddu (University of Siena, ADAPT) The role of  trade unions in the processing of workers’ data: insights from  a European Union co‐funded project
Sara  Bagari  (University  of  Ljubljana)  The  use  of  artificial  intelligence  in  the  workplace:  challenges  and  possible  solutions in the EU legal framework
Stefania Marassi (The Hague University of Applied Sciences) Charting wearable sensors device in the workplace: state of  the art and legal challenges  
Thijmen  Zoomer  (TNO,  Department  of  Work  health  technology) Algorithmic safety management for workers
Wes Damen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Ida Damen (Fontys  University  of  Applied  Sciences)  Workplace  surveillance and living labs

Session 3: Collective bargaining in the digital workplace

Charalampos  Stylogiannis  (KU  Leuven)  Collective  labour  rights  for  self‐employed  workers:  A  human‐rights  based  approach of platform work
Claudia Mara (KU Leuven) “Re‐embedding” platform work:  Dynamics of unionism in food‐delivery in Bologna (Italy)
Juliana  Londono  Polo  (Tilburg  University)   The  proposed  directive  on  regulating  platform  work:  can  it  become  a  double‐edged  sword  for  the  effective  collective  representation and voice of platform workers? 
Tiago  Vieira  (European  University  Institute)  Ley  Rider:  an  end to platform exceptionalism or just another day in the life  of an institutional chameleon

Session 4: Unpacking and addressing power imbalances

Alberto  Barrio  Fernandez  (University  of  Copenhagen)  Regulatory  challenges  under  EU  law  concerning  the  social  protection  of  platform  workers:  Lessons  learnt  from  the  proposed  Directive  on  improving  working  conditions  in  platform work
Angel  Martin  Caballero  (University  of  Manchester)  The  politics  of  state  intervention  over  the  regulation  of  platform work: the Chilean experience
Fernanda  Teixeira  (University  of  Manchester)  ‘Online’  domestic  work:  How  the  work  experiences  of  domestic  workers  in  Mexico  are  being  (re)shaped  by  digital  labour  platforms
Ilda  Durri  (KU  Leuven)  Casual  work  arrangements  and  platform‐based work:  the casual work agenda as a way to  enhance the labour protection of platform workers
Tim  Christiaens  (Tilburg  University)  Power  Imbalances  in  Digital Reputation Systems: The Case of Airbnb


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