On International Workers’ Memorial Day, it’s worth remembering that when workers don’t have a say they may lose more than their voice.
The pandemic has had differential impacts on women. Raised consciousness about them must be applied to advance gender equality in recovery measures.
A ‘rebuttable presumption of employment’ is emerging as a response to platforms denying their workers employee status.
The pandemic has brought occupational safety and health from the margins to the centre. Investment should follow.
Keynes warned that ‘practical men’ were often in thrall to some dead economist. In fact many leading economists have agreed on the idea of guaranteed work.
The pandemic made us all familiar with ‘social distancing’. Employers are starting to glimpse a future where ‘contractual distancing’ is normalised.
Last October, the European Commission proposed a framework directive on minimum wages. Whether one likes it or not, the EU is competent to do so.
A ‘helicopter money’ stimulus of direct payments to individuals, as in the US, would be neither well targeted nor transformatory in Europe.
The arcane notion of ‘monetary dominance’ lay behind the last eurozone crisis. Unless challenged, it could underlie another one.
Monetary policy is never neutral. The recovery must not follow financial markets but rather reflect a shared vision of a green future.
Branko Milanovic warns that the post-pandemic world could see further polarisation in a now global labour market.
Between 2017 and 2019, income disparities in Europe decreased. The pandemic stopped that decline.
Legal amendments will not only recognise ‘riders’ as employees but require algorithm transparency from platforms generally.
Legal victories for workers against platform corporations remain partial and limited in the absence of legislative and institutional change.
The proposal to cancel ECB-held sovereign debt is not the best riposte to the looming renewal of austerity.
Jayati Ghosh begins a new Social Europe column by pricking Europe’s conscience on its pandemic-related responsibilities towards the developing world.
The UK’s highest court has delivered another benchmark judgment on gig workers. But the battle is not over.
If the 2008 crash brought on a ‘mancession’ of lost jobs, the sectors most hit by the pandemic employ mainly low-paid women workers.
The Federal Labour Court ruled late last year that a crowdworker was indeed an employee, despite the platform’s contrary claim.
Most discussion of gig workers has focused on their material insecurity. More attention also needs to be paid to what goes on in their heads.
Work in the social sciences on algorithmic systems can inform how unions address their impact on the power balance between workers and employers.