Jan. 16, 2019
Trade union and employer delegations meet High Level Group on Digitalisation – Invest in social dialogue, training, skills, infrastructure
The European Commission established a High Level expert Group to advise it on the impact of digital transformation on EU labour markets in May 2018.
Jul. 26, 2018
A recent article for International Politics and Society by Julian Hale explores how trade unions anticipate the introduction of new technology at the workplace.
Jun. 07, 2018 While digitalisation has helped with time management in home care services and with removing routine tasks for public employment service workers, the evidence so far points to many more negative impacts in terms of psycho-social risks, physical wellbeing and increased management monitoring. These are initial findings from research being carried out for EPSU by the OSE research organisation and presented to EPSU's Quality Employment conference by Ramon Peña-Casas. The focus of the research is on the impact of digitalisation on job content, looking at work organisation, workloads and a range of other elements such as pace of work, routine tasks etc. Using questionnaires and focus groups the OSE has gathered information from workers in the two sectors in France, Italy, Spain and the UK that highlights some of the key issues that need to be addressed by unions, not least health and safety but also continuing training and regulation of the digitalisation process through social dialogue and collective bargaining.
Jun. 07, 2018
Over 70 trade union representatives from 24 countries took part in EPSU’s social dialogue and collective bargaining conference in Brussels on 6-7 June. Under the general theme of “Quality Employment for Quality Public Services” the participants debated a wide range of issues
Jun. 01, 2018 Public services union UNISON has highlighted the case of care workers employed by the national charity Community Integrated Care who are being subjected to excessive surveillance. Staff have to sign-in on an hourly basis with their photos being taken and their identity also being checked with finger prints. The workers argue that the process actually hampers their ability to deliver proper care to clients. UNISON is also concerned that the company's use of biometric data without personal consent might infringe new data protection rules.