Standard employment is not simply being replaced by non-standard work. But work is becoming more diverse and policy must accordingly become more tailored.
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The transformation of work is not simply from jobs to automation. Its complex, variable character demands a matching policy portfolio.
Without major reform of the EU fiscal framework, Peter Bofinger argues, public investment will be insufficient in the wake of the pandemic.
The pandemic has highlighted how public health and workers’ safety are closely intertwined.
Autonomous unions, allied with trade union confederations, have shown how collective bargaining can be won by the precariat which employers seek to fragment.
Pressure is growing within the European Parliament for an EU directive.
While some talk of ‘deglobalisation’, Branko Milanovic argues that the pandemic will push forward the globalisation of labour.
Digitalisation is a key issue in public services. Workers must have a role, via their unions, to maximise its benefits and minimise its risks.
Impossible hours carved out by apps have often been presented as if self-determined ‘flexibility’ on the part of workers.
Cross-border social dialogue could pave the way to international regulation of a key feature of the 21st-century world of work.
Adam Tooze argues that the frail eurozone recovery hinges entirely on its guarantee by the European Central Bank.
As Europe’s exchequers go deep into the red due to the pandemic, a co-ordinated approach to corporate taxation is ever-more urgent.
Unless the platform economy becomes embedded in social norms about decent work, it threatens to rewrite society in its own image.
Action is needed at European level to ensure workers enjoy democracy at work, particularly in the context of digitalisation.
For democracy to work well requires democracy in the workplace.
The OECD has proved unable to tackle tax havens, so it is up to the European Union to do so.
The Covid-19 crisis is making progress in the fight for corporate tax justice more difficult, yet more essential.
The potential benefits of new technologies for workplace health and safety are being vitiated by a profit-focused approach.