Study to gather evidence on the working conditions of platform workers

This study provides an overview of the challenges faced by platform workers and details the variety of policy responses in EU countries. Platform work is understood as all labour provided through, on, or mediated by online platforms in a wide range of sectors. The work can be of varied forms and is provided in exchange […]

Game-changing technologies: Transforming production and employment in Europe

Eurofound studied the implications of eight game-changing technologies (GCTs) for work, employment and employment relations: £ advanced robotics £ additive manufacturing (that is, 3D printing for industrial purposes) £ Internet of Things (IoT), specifically industrial IoT (IIoT) and wearable devices £ electric vehicles £ autonomous vehicles (for example, ‘driverless’ cars) £ industrial biotechnologies £ blockchain […]

The Future of the work – do not panic!

We are used to thinking about artificial intelligence (AI) in the future tense, speculating how technological developments in this area will affect us. While we use (too much of) our energy trying to figure out what to expect in the future, we sometimes miss the point that AI and robotisation have already started transforming our […]

The policy momentum on digital transformations and the future of work (FoW) is building and is resulting in recommendations at the EU level. In past innovation cycles, the active involvement of both social partners in updating standards and bargaining fair framework conditions have proven to deliver more inclusive results. However, in the post structural reform […]

Digitising European Industry

The European Commission is promoting various initiatives aimed at increasing training in digital skills for the workforce and for consumers; modernising education across the EU; harnessing digital technologies for learning and for the recognition and validation of skills; and anticipating and analysing skills needs. A strong digital economy is vital for innovation, growth, jobs and […]

Joint Declaration on Training in the Digital Era

The profound transformation of the postal sector in recent years is partly due to a significant decline in mail volumes and the diversification of products and services offered to customers. All this occurred in an open market that encouraged postal operators to modernize their businesses by adapting to emerging and various market needs. Naturally, the […]

Joint Recommendations on Digital Transformation in the Workplace for the European Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Rubber and Plastics Sectors

On November 7, the European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) and industriAll European Trade Union (industriAll Europe) signed a set of recommendations about the impact and the way forward regarding digitalisation in the chemical industry. Joint recommendations are the major result of the two-year Social Partners’ project (Our Future Workplace – Digital Transformation in the Chemical Industry). For more […]

Impact of restructuring on working conditions

Restructuring is a major feature of labour markets and work organisation. Data collected by Eurofound’s European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) clearly show this. While organisational restructuring is necessary for business survival and growth, it can take a heavy toll on employees – not least the ‘stayers’ or ‘survivors’ who manage to keep their jobs. Given that […]

Restructuring: do union still matter?

Trade unions in many EU Member States face the issue of declining membership. This is a fundamental challenge for organised labour, but it is premature to speak about the redundancy unions: when it comes to important decisions affecting the workplace, restructuring being one, trade unions remain a powerful mechanism of employee voice. Latest data from […]

What will the postal sector look like till 2030?

European postal social partners finalised the project “Trend research for the postal Sector in 2030” conducted in 2018-2019. The project enabled the European social partners to elaborate 5 possible joint scenarios on the postal sector in 2030. Throughout the course of the project it permitted the social partners to stage highly interactive workshops, to brainstorm […]