Thomas Piketty tells Robin Wilson how wealth and power can be transferred from capital to workers and citizens.
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A window of opportunity has opened up to utilise EU law on health and safety to advance the rights of ‘gig’ workers in domestic courts.
Teleworking has surged during the pandemic. New forms of autonomy have been glimpsed, as well as new forms of control.
The Dobersberger case proved that some workers could be more equal than others.
At least as important is the reform of the procedure for preventing and correcting macroeconomic imbalances.
We can’t go back to a world without labour platforms, so their proprietary digital infrastructure must be recreated as a public good.
The transformation of work is not simply from jobs to automation. Its complex, variable character demands a matching policy portfolio.
Standard employment is not simply being replaced by non-standard work. But work is becoming more diverse and policy must accordingly become more tailored.
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.