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Covid-19 contact-tracing apps: how to prevent privacy from becoming the next victim

Contact-tracing apps to combat the Covid-19 pandemic have increasingly been mentioned as useful tools to accompany and contribute to a return to normality despite the many ethical and legal questions they raise. The pressure exerted by business circles and lobbies to restart and ‘save the economy’ has been intense. What started as a public health... Find out more

Agnieszka Piasna, Jan Drahokoupil

Digital labour in central and eastern Europe

This working paper presents the results of the ETUI Internet and Platform Work Survey conducted in Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia in 2018-2019. The objective is to map the extent of digital labour in central and eastern Europe (CEE) based on the analysis of two types of online sources for generating income: internet work; and its... Find out more

Isabelle Daugareilh, Christophe Degryse, Philippe Pochet

The platform economy and social law: Key issues in comparative perspective

This Working Paper brings together two parallel but complementary approaches to the impact of the platform economy on working conditions and social law. The first part of the study shows that the business models of some platforms is a combination of technological disruption and social evasion. The second part of this working paper confirms that it... Find out more

Valerio De Stefano, Mathias Wouters

Should digital labour platforms be treated as private employment agencies?

This Foresight Brief examines whether digital labour platforms should be treated as private employment agencies. Platforms like LinkedIn may rightfully be perceived by the general public to be mere social networks, but underneath their sleek design, they also act as an employment service. This brief specifically focused on one of the central... Find out more

Gérard Valenduc, Patricia Vendramin

The mirage of the end of work

This Foresight Brief examines whether work has a future in the digital age. A recent wave of innovation mean machines are capable of taking over from humans an ever-wider range of tasks. Will this deprive humans of work, or force them to seek out jobs involving different tasks? Authors Gérard Valenduc and Patricia Vendramin examine various... Find out more

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December 21, 2021

Draft directives on minimum wages and platform work: two positive steps forward

The chance is high that you were clapping every evening for health workers last spring, or have been ordering food more often at home via a takeaway platform since the start of the pandemic. Those who... Find out more

November 08, 2021

A battle won, but not yet the war

We might be living in a historical moment. The European Commission is about to launch a proposal for an EU directive on Digital Platform Workers with the aim of improving the working conditions of... Find out more

January 11, 2021

MEPs need to listen to more voices on artificial intelligence

The European Parliament’s committee exploring AI needs to give the floor to civil society. Big Tech has had enough influence. When the European Parliament established the Special Committee on... Find out more

June 10, 2020

NETLEX 2017: Exploring the role of labour law in the future world of work

The annual conference that unites legal experts from the ETUC’s member organisations, NETLEX, took place on 22 and 23 February in Brussels. This year’s topic was the role of labour law in shaping the... Find out more

June 10, 2020

The ETUI is launching it’s brand new online learning platform: register now!

The Education department is officially launching today it’s new online learning platform, where trade unionists across Europe can register and participate in online courses. Find out more