How to protect workers’ rights in a volatile labour market?

The European Labour Authority starts its mandate in October. Can it balance the competing demands of member states? [bogdanhoda/Shutterstock]

In 2017, the European Commission proclaimed the European Pillar of Social Rights, aimed to ensure equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion in Europe.

The already fragmented labour market is still quickly changing as a result of phenomenons such as the climate change, the digitalization of the working space or major demographic alterations. Traditional jobs are heavily affected by these changes, while new professions – with novel conditions – emerge.

How can the European Union make use of the Social Pillar to protect workers’ rights in this context? How can trade unions cope with the social divide derived from this situation? How can they address the new challenges related to working conditions while protecting traditional workers? Do deals such as the Paris Agreement sufficiently harbour labour rights?

Euractiv examined some of these issues in this Special Report ahead of the event The World(s) of Work in Transition on 27, 28 and 29 June in Brussels.

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