This new edited volume on occupational welfare in Europe is based on research projects coordinated by the European Social Observatory (OSE) It focuses on recent developments in the field of pensions and unemployment-related schemes in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The book addresses the main analytical and methodological shortcomings in the contemporary literature and flags the main policy implications for trade unions in the light of the spread of Occupational Welfare across the European Union. Both the case studies and the comparative conclusions address the challenges trade unions face in terms of Occupational Welfare a subject that the authors feel, needs to be handled with care.

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Table of contents

David Natali and Emmanuele Pavolini: Occupational Welfare in Europe: an analytical and methodological introduction

Maarten Keune and Noëlle Payton: The Netherlands: Occupational Welfare within state-defined limits

Olle Jansson, Jan Ottosson, Sofia Murhem and Lars Magnusson: Sweden: supplementary Occupational Welfare with near universal coverage

Marek Naczyk: Occupational Welfare in the United Kingdom: from skill retention tool to social protection only for legitimate social risks

Florian Blank: With or without you – Occupational Welfare and public social policies in Germany

Dalila Ghailani and Ramón Peña-Casas: Occupational Welfare in Belgium: wide coverage, low benefits

Josef Wöss: Austria: Occupational Welfare at the edge of statutory social insurance

Emmanuele Pavolini, Marco Arlotti, Ugo Ascoli, Salvo Leonardi and Michele Raitano: The challenge of Occupational Welfare in Italy: between risks and opportunities

Alicia Martínez Poza: Protecting occupational pensions and unemployment benefits in Spain: a weak Occupational Welfare system

Jan Czarzasty: Occupational Welfare in Poland: a semi-peripheral feature of a semi-peripheral economy

David Natali and Emmanuele Pavolini with Bart Vanhercke: Occupational Welfare in Europe: state of play, determinants and policy implications