Labour inspection: a public service in crisis

Labour inspection services across Europe have been going through an existential crisis. With few exceptions, workforces have been reduced while inspectors have been assigned more extensive duties. Faced with these transformations in the world of work, the sheer scale of their mission can leave labour inspectors feeling powerless.

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Editorial: Expertise, power and inequalities

The European Commission took decisions on two important matters in June 2016. These related, on the one hand, to setting criteria for... Find out more

Cancer at work: more needs to be done to achieve better legislation

Putting more than 10 years of paralysis behind it, in May 2016 the European Commission officially launched a review of the Directive on the... Find out more

David Walters

Labour inspection and health and safety in the EU

British expert David Walters presents a comprehensive review of the main systems of labour inspection that exist in the European Union... Find out more

Inspection and unions: 'convergence and maybe more…'

The fact that labour inspection bodies are independent does not necessarily mean they are neutral, which would in fact be unrealistic in... Find out more

Barbara Matejčić

Serbia’s labour inspectors tackle the 'shadow economy'

As in most Eastern European countries, the economic fabric of Serbia is dominated by small and micro-enterprises. Some are not even declared... Find out more

Steve Tombs

The degradation of labour inspection in the UK

Regulation to mitigate the worst excesses of capitalist production first emerged in Great Britain in the early 1800s. Always a site of... Find out more

Deborah Berlioz

Is Germany’s dual system fit for purpose?

Both the state authorities and the accident insurance funds carry out workplace inspections in Germany. Even though the latter are... Find out more

Anyfantis Ioannis, Boustras Georgios, Karageorgiou Alexandros

How labour inspectorates have responded to the crisis in the worst affected countries – the example of Greece

Severely affected by the fiscal consolidation measures in Greece, the labour inspectorate has been struggling against all odds to stimulate... Find out more

Pien Heuts

How the Inspectorate handles chemicals in the workplace

The Netherlands has a well-developed chemical industry. Under the patronage of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, the... Find out more

Michael Quinlan

Inspection and supply chains: the Australian experience

The growth of supply chains, which often entail elaborate national and international networks of subcontracting, have posed significant... Find out more

Pien Heuts

'We didn’t know how dangerous it was.' Former DuPont workers invoke the responsibility of the chemicals giant

Dozens of former workers at the Lycra factory in the Netherlands have, with the support of their unions, engaged in a battle with the... Find out more

Emmanuelle Walter

Canadian women crab workers: 'empowerment' through ergonomics

Quebec ergonomist Marie-Eve Major, Doctor of Biology, has set herself a mission: the continual improvement of working conditions for... Find out more

People affected by chronic conditions: the 'regulators of humanity' and their role in transforming work

The link between chronic disease and work is rarely considered. And yet it is an important reality in the workplace. In France, it is... Find out more

Denis Grégoire

Inside an invisible industry

The real monsters of the seas have nothing in common with the ships which plough the Venetian Lagoon carrying thousands of tourists and an... Find out more

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Labour inspection: a public service in crisis