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September 2018
 
Implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights: what is needed to guarantee a positive social impact - EESC
 
Sebastiano Sabato, Dalila Ghailani, Ramón Peña-Casas, Slavina Spasova, Francesco Corti and Bart Vanhercke
 
This new OSE study concludes that the European Pillar of Social Rights relaunched an ambitious EU ‘Social Agenda’ and has already influenced the 2018 European Semester cycle. However, doubts remain as to whether it can influence EU macro-economic and fiscal policies. Effective implementation requires that the Pillar be given adequate financial resources and clearly defined governance tools through an ambitious roadmap.
 
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National trade union involvement in the European Semester - INVOTUNES
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The OSE was awarded new Commission-funded research, involving a partnership between universities, trade union-related research institutes and independent research centres as well as the ETUC. At the core of the project are eight country case studies. The project will lead to concrete recommendations for national trade unions with a view to ensuring effective and quality involvement in the Semester.
 
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The impact of digitalisation on job quality in public services - EPSU
 
This new report on behalf of the European Public Service Union (EPSU) analyses the impact of digitalisation on the job quality of public service workers and the challenges faced by trade unions regarding the increased digitalisation of work. It focuses on home-care and public employment services and covers four countries: Spain, France, Italy and the UK. The report provides recommendations to stakeholders and public authorities.
 
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Brief overview of measures related to work-life balance in the European Union
 
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) asked the OSE to provide a brief overview of measures taken in the Member States to address the work-life balance challenges faced by working parents and carers. The country sheets should serve as a tool to support the ETUC and other stakeholders who are lobbying for the adoption of an ambitious Directive on work-life balance.
 
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Occupational welfare in Europe: risks, opportunities and social partner involvement
 
This edited volume is based on a European Commission-funded research project coordinated by the OSE. The book focuses on recent developments in the field of pensions and unemployment-related schemes in nine countries. Both the case studies and the comparative conclusions address the challenges trade unions face in terms of occupational welfare, a subject that - the authors feel - needs to be handled with care.
 
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