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Digitalisation is not the devil

By Anthony Gooch / 5 February, 2019

Globalisation has been the whipping boy for all that is going wrong in these times of political uncertainty. In Europe and beyond, too many people feel that greater economic openness and interconnectedness has cost them a lot and brought few rewards. They feel unheard, do not know where to look...

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Automation of the work will not happen overnight

By David Hémous / 29 January, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, the automation of work and everyday tasks will not happen overnight. It will be a gradual process over time. It is important to channel this change.   The Progressive Post: Are we really experiencing a technological revolution? David Hemous: Automation is happening, but it’s a gradual...

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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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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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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....

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The benefits of having a statutory minimum wage

By Remi Bazillier / 9 July, 2018

In an interview with the Progressive Post, economist Rémi Bazillier explains what he sees as the advantages of having a statutory minimum wage as well as the arguments against the minimum wage and argues that every EU country should have a minimum wage.   Progressive Post: Why is it a...

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A way forward for minimum wages in the EU

By Guillaume Balas / 9 July, 2018

Setting minimum wages is a way to head off the ongoing threat of economic, tax and social dumping within the European Union. Guillaume Balas sets out some of the options that policymakers should take on board.   The European Union continues to face major economic and social challenges which have...

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A European system of minimum wages for equality-led development

By Ozlem Onaran / 9 July, 2018

A European system of minimum wages can help bring people out of poverty as well as contribute to equality, higher productivity and healthier public sector budgets.   Establishing a sufficiently high statutory minimum wage is one of the most effective policy tools to tackle the worrisome growth of in-work poverty....

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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...