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Who can afford to have a family life today?

By Sinead Pembroke / 24 January, 2019

‘The future of work’, is often discussed in relation to the inevitable effects of technology and doomsday scenarios of mass-unemployment. However, the increasing flexibility and precarity that we are witnessing today, are a consequence of decisions made by policymakers and businesses; they are not inevitable.   Precarious work precarious lives:...

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Europe’s Innovation Opportunity

By Fred Block / 14 January, 2019

While there is much concern that Europe is falling behind the US and China in the competition for global technological supremacy, the reality is that Europe has a unique opportunity to focus its innovation efforts on the quality of life of its population.   Some people claim that Europe is...

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Using real intelligence to shape the virtual world

By Pamela Meil / 14 January, 2019

A spectre is haunting Europe: the spectre of … digitalisation. Developments in new digital technologies, in particular big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence, have created a debate on the future of work and its consequences for workers.   There is a lot of fear in the discussion, mostly because trends...

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Digital transformation: time for reflection on the quality of work

By Christophe Degryse / 14 January, 2019

During a March 1844 House of Commons Committee debate on the proposed ‘Factories Act’, Lord Ashley declared that the various improvements made to machines had the tendency to replace the jobs of adult men with the labour of women and children. However, is the new trend , not to replace...

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Creating a European Labour Authority: what are the political and legal constraints?

By Sofia Fernandes / 31 October, 2018

The creation of a European Labour Authority (ELA) is part of the European Commission’s initiatives aimed at ensuring fairer worker mobility within the EU. The challenges to make it efficient and social however are high.   After proposing a revision of a set of European rules on the free movement...

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#MeToo, the women’s revolution in need of progressive male ‘knights’s to transform the world

By isabella lenarduzzi / 7 August, 2018

For the last six months, not a week has gone by without there being a ‘victim’ of the #MeToo movement.At the time of writing, we are witnessing the Nobel Prize for literature being cancelled, six of the top leaders of Nike leaving the sports clothing company, Bill Cosby finally being...

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Protecting workers’ rights in a changing world of work

By Barbara Gerstenberger / 10 July, 2018

In her analysis of the European Commission’s proposals for a Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, Barbara Gerstenberger looks closely at the growing challenges posed by non-standard forms of employment and new forms of employment (e.g. casual work and platform employment).   Changes in the world of work have...

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EU’s working conditions’ proposals good but more needs to be done

By Siôn Simon / 10 July, 2018

MEP Siôn Simon gives his views on the issue of workers’ conditions in the 21st century in the context of the Commission’s legislative proposals for more transparent and predictable working conditions. The exponential growth of online platforms like Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon has created a new challenge for employment rights....

A gender power battle to bring equality into the labour market is underway

By Paola Panzeri / 21 June, 2018

The #Metoo movement unveiled a reality that most of us were afraid to admit but somehow all had experience of: in order to work, women have to respond to extra demands and be silent about it. From signing (illegal) dismissal letters in case of pregnancy to being asked during a...

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The EU law on transparent and predictable working conditions is positive

By Frank Lorenz / 21 June, 2018

Until now, the Written Statement Directive has led rather a shadowy life. Things are changing now! The appeal of combining an approach setting EU wide minimum requirements for employment contracts as the EU revises the existing Written Statement Directive is obvious. Looking at the issues in the German context, Dr...