Online workshop
Zoom, 9h30-15h00 CET


The ETUI has the pleasure to invite you to a one-day workshop on "The Future of (Remote) Work after Covid-19. Reflections about the challenges and possibilities connected to remote-work practices", organized on 19 November 2021.

In the course of the last year and a half, the world of work has developed a love and hate relationship with the concept of telework, and remote work more generally. As the dust of mandatory teleworking begins to settle, it is timely and appropriate to have a more sober and introspective assessment of the promises, perils, and potential of remote work in the post-pandemic world.

The conference proposes to engage with the current challenges and opportunities, and future regulatory and policy trajectories, arising from remote work practices, by exploring a series of questions pertaining to: i) Telework and remote work during and beyond the pandemic; ii) Regulating telework and remote work for decent work; iii) Trade unions and telework; iv) Remote work and the Future of Work. 

Programme - download here the full programme - hashtag for this event #FutureofWork

Download below the speakers' presentations (PPP)

9.30 – 10.30 Session 1 – Telework and remote work during and beyond the pandemic

  • Chair: Nicola Countouris, Director, ETUI Research department 
  • Speakers: Uma Rani, Senior Economist ILO PPP;  Abi Adams, Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow, University Of Oxford PPPKalina Arabadjieva, Researcher ETUI and Paula Franklin, Senior Researcher ETUI PPP
  • Q&A session

10.30- 10.45 Coffee & tea break 

10.45 – 11.45 Session 2 – Regulating telework and remote work for decent work

  • Chair: Zane Rasnača, Senior Researcher ETUI
  • Speakers:  Aude Cefaliello, Researcher ETUI PPPSilvia Rainone, Researcher ETUI PPPUgljesa Grusic, Associate Professor UCL Faculty of Laws PPP
  • Q&A session

11.45- 12.00 Coffee & tea break 

12.00 – 13.00 Session 3 – Trade unions and telework

  • Chair: Marcus Meyer, Senior Researcher ETUI 
  • Speakers: Juliane Bir, Head of "Trade Union Policy" ETUC PPP and Kurt Vandaele, Senior Researcher ETUI 
  • Q&A session

 13.00- 14.00 Lunch Break

 14.00-15.00 Session 4 – Remote work and the future of work

  • Chair: Aida Ponce Del Castillo, Senior Researcher - Foresight, ETUI
  • Speakers: Valerio De Stefano, Professor of Labour Law, KU Leuven, Janine Berg, Senior Economist in the Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch (INWORK) ILO PPP, Hamid Ekbia,  Professor of Informatics, International Studies, and Cognitive Science and Director of the Center for Research on Mediated Interaction (CROMI) at Indiana University PPP
  • Q&A session

Read here also the related blogpost written by Philippe Pochet on 19th November 2021 Globalisation, telemigrants and working conditions, also available in French La mondialisation, les télémigrants et les conditions de travail