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.
Apr. 20, 2018 The FP-CGIL public service union has raised serious concerns about the introduction of Amazon-style electronic bracelets for waste collection workers by a private company in Livorno. The bracelets communicate with waste containers to check they are empty. Union says that this degree of surveillance is excessive considering that there are already supervisors who monitor the work along with GPS systems in trucks. FP-CGIL says that employers should be concentrating more on dealing with the serious health and safety issues in the sector.
Apr. 20, 2018 EPSU is organising a conference on 6-7 June in Brussels that will explore a number of collective bargaining issues. Part of the conference will focus on quality employment and will discuss in particular research on quality employment in two sectors - prisons and childcare. Other sessions will debate new research commissioned by EPSU. This includes an updated analysis comparing pay trends in the public and private sectors; union action to tackle low pay in sectors dominated by women and the impact of digitalisation in home care and public employment services. There will also be a panel debating the prospects for quality employment for young workers.
Apr. 06, 2018
Local government meeting covers Congress preparations, European social dialogue, digitalisation and socially responsible public procurement
Public procurement is a key priority for the local and regional government sector.
Mar. 20, 2018 On 6-7 June, EPSU is holding a second conference in Brussels in the context of its current project on quality employment and quality public services. Along with special sessions looking at the prisons and childcare sectors there will also be debates on pay trends in the public sector compared to the private sector; low pay in sectors dominated by women; young workers and quality employment; a panel on developments in collective bargaining and some initial research findings on the impact of digitalisation on the home care and public employment services.