The objective of this work stream is to address issues related to access to good quality work, specifically in light of the current crisis and post-covid management. The work stream focuses on concrete actions that can be executed in a short-time span. In this way we hope to support post-crisis management and contribute to ideas that can aid recovery of the labour market.
In particular, diverse forms of work (e.g. contract work) can provide immediate sources of income, which can be especially advantageous in the times of crises. However, the demands of such situations can put workers, especially those in precarious jobs, in a particularly vulnerable position (from both economic and healthcare perspective), with significant costs for social security systems.
Therefore, the objective of this work stream is to identify key elements that can enhance the quality of jobs in diverse forms of work in the times of crises, as well as suggest ways that can ensure future resilience of labour markets.
The objective of this work stream is to assess social protection, rights and benefits for workers in diverse forms of work. This includes various contractual arrangements such as on-call work, zero-hours contracts, temporary agency work, and platform work.
The work stream is quidded by recommendations as outlined by the Council here, but it is also going beyond those order to address issues that may have been neglected or deserve more attention.
The rules governing social protection schemes are still largely based on full-time open-ended contracts between a worker and a single employer, leaving workers in diverse forms of work and self-employed only marginally covered.
Therefore, this work stream strives to assess the social protection, rights and benefits that are currently available to those in full-time employment and evaluate how they can be applied to those in diverse forms of employment and self-employed. The work streams also looks beyond the current social protection schemes to unearth alternative solutions that may be more aligned with the demands of today’s labour market, ensuring the European social model that is future-proof and resilient.
This work stream encompasses topics related to skills development and utilisation in the digital world as well as funding schemes that can be appropriated.
The group will map specific skills that workers in diverse forms of work and self-employed have and further acquire and suggest possibilities for career advancement. The need to have processes in place and finance skills enhancement, as well as recognize them in the digital environment, will be addressed.
Aware of different national legislations in the EU, the group strives to make suggestions based on the reality beyond the EU, including in the EU neighbouring countries, by focusing on best practices, among other things.
This work stream is guided by the New Skills Agenda proposed by the European Commission as outlined here