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Not really working On 21 November 2023, the UK Supreme Court delivered its long-awaited decision in the Deliveroo case. The judgment, concluded that the Deliveroo riders organised and represented by trade union IWGB were not in an ‘employment relationship’ for the purposes of Article 11 of the ECHR. Fatal to this claim was, in particular,…

An armed conflict has always a severe impact on civilians in their role as workers, and on workplaces. Of particular concern are violations of fundamental labour rights, such as the prohibition of forced or compulsory labour, contained in the ILO Forced Labour Convention No. 29 and its Protocol of 2014, and in the Abolition of…

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Background The proposed EU directive on improving working conditions in platform work is the first legislative initiative that attempts to regulate the use of AI, in the form of algorithmic management, in the workplace. This innovative legislative proposal pursues a double goal: first, correcting the employment status of people working in digital labour platforms and…

Problem statement The global workplace quests for both employer-driven and employee-driven flexibility. Such extent of flexibility goes hand in hand with autonomy for workers to decide where, when and how to work to their own discretion. Autonomy, powered by ICT, makes it possible to work anytime anywhere. Time and place independency and autonomy in work…

Introduction Knowing the applicable legislation for social security matters is crucial for workers engaging in cross-border activities within the European Union. For individuals who reside and work within the same country, determining the correct solution is relatively simple – the person will fall under the legislation of the State of residence. However, for individuals engaged…

Privacy@Work

Considering “privacy@work” In their article of 1890, Warren and Brandeis wrote of a “right to be let alone”. Nowadays, the right to privacy has become a fundamental right, recognised in many international human rights instruments (including Article 12 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and…

Introduction Romanian labour law has developed very dynamically in recent years. Its development curve could be described in key words which, at first somewhat belatedly, are nowadays becoming more and more dominant in line with international trends. One of these key words was flexicurity, which was the main theme of the most significant amendment to…

The inclusion of persons with a disability has always been a sensitive issue in the mechanisms of protection and (equal) access in the labor market. Due to allegedly reduced performance, persons with a disability are often considered “second-class workers” (rather than resources) and, as a result, they have been relegated to tasks of secondary importance…

Brussels Airport

EU aviation sector social dialogue On 25 January 2023, the European Commission published its proposal for strengthening social dialogue. In this post, we argue that EU aviation is a pivotal sector in which social dialogue must not only be utilised, but also flourish. Our argument draws from the way in which this sector has lurched…