Getting to grips with digitalisation
Digitalisation has the potential to positively transform public services and the jobs of public service workers. Quicker and easier access to services and increased participation of citizens can be combined with better quality jobs as repetitive work is replaced with more fulfilling tasks. However, trade unions must be involved in the transformation process not just to ensure that workers have their fare share of the benefits of digitalisation but also to deal with the potential downside. This briefing, produced for EPSU's 2019 Congress, highlights some of the work done on this issue in recent years and sets out the current priorities.
Social partners in Local Government declare "Wealth gains of digitalization have to be distributed fairly among all citizens"
(25 May 2016) Adopted by the EPSU executive committee on 19 April 2016The digitalisation of public services is a challenge being faced, to a greater or lesser degree by workers and communities, across Europe.EPSU believes that this process opens up opportunities for higher quality public services
ETUC Executive discusses equality action plan, digitalisation, trade, atypical work, youth employment, economic governance
Europe’s union leaders meet several times a year, where we discuss social, economic and political developments across Europe. We learn from each other and take account of problems workers face in different countries and sectors. We agree our priorities and campaigns to move Europe in another
(16 June 2016) Digitalisation is often held up as a panacea for the multiple challenges facing public services, yet workers know all too well that it can often be a cover for cuts and job losses.Trade unionists from all over Europe, from the UK to Turkey, came together in Vienna this week (13 June
(11 July 2016) Optimists hail digitalisation as a cure to all the perceived evils of cumbersome and old-fashioned public services. But is it so simple? New technology often brings with it new ways of working, yet these consequences of digitalisation are often overlooked amid the enthusiasm to
‘Public services can be a driver of employment and inclusion when it comes to digital skills’ EPSU and social partners meet Commissioner Oettinger
EPSU General Secretary, Jan Willem Goudriaan, today participated in a roundtable between trade unions and employers, and Commissioner Oettinger, responsible for digital policy at the European Commission.
Local Government Sector: European Pillar of Social Rights, Digitalisation and Finnish Health Care Reform
At their meetings on 19th and 20th of September 2016, the EPSU local government unions discussed the way forward on the European Pillar of Social Rights. Esther Lynch, ETUC Confederal Secretary presented the plans and next steps on ETUC’s strategy on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
(October 2016) The ver.di services union argues that workers and works councils need to have a say in any planned digitalisation of public services. The messages comes after the publication by the interior ministry of an assessment of a project on e-government. Ver.di contacted eight of the local authorities that had been part of the project and found that works councils, workers and their unions had not had any role in the process. The union also called for investment in training for public sector staff as part of process to avoid outsourcing.
(7 October 2016) ETUFs informal network on digitialization met in EPSU offices to exchange view on following topics:The need to regulate on right to disconnect through collective bargaining and other legal instrumentsSurveillance of data of employees at the workplace, analysis patterns and rating
Future of Europe, CETA, self-employed and Pay Rise Campaign dominate discussions in ETUC Executive Committee
(3 November 2016) The European Union is confronted with several challenges and Member States do not find adequate answers. It leads to a sense of crisis of the European institutions. The ETUC Executive discussed the answers trade unions have and formulated a platform for the future of Europe. The