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Find here information on UNI Europa’s work on EU services policy. Unlike the European Commission, we do not believe that the integration of the internal market is enough to support quality jobs, growth, and quality services. UNI Europa therefore strives to develop an alternative EU services policy.

Over the past twenty years, creating the internal market for services has been the EU’s flagship initiative in the field of services policy. Yet, UNI Europa observes that the internal market project has contributed to the growth of precarious employment and low quality services. We are therefore active to change the direction of EU internal market policy and to put targeted policies for quality jobs and quality services on the Commission’s agenda. We work with the European institutions, fellow trade unions, and researchers to develop an EU services policy that works for all – service workers, consumers, and companies alike.
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Self-Employment and Atypical working – UNI Europa position and next steps

Wednesday 20 December 2017

The world of work in the services sector is undergoing massive changes. Digitalisation and new emerging business models profoundly modify the workplace and impact deeply on traditional employment and work relationships. As a result, new forms of employment and working arrangements have spread rapidly. These differ from ‘traditional’ and regular employment and can take different…

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What is the gig economy?

Wednesday 29 November 2017

It’s a hot topic but what are the realities of the ‘gig economy’ and the new types of employment created by online platforms? Watch our latest video to find out more.  

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Tracking the digital footprint

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Yesterday, UNI Europa and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, held a conference to present the report “Work in the European Gig Economy – Research results from the UK, Sweden, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy”. The report presents the results of an innovative survey across…

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Bringing Social Europe from Junk Status to AAA – Starting Now

Friday 17 November 2017

Today the European Pillar of Social Rights – a set of twenty principles putting social concerns on top of the political agenda – was proclaimed by the European Commission, the EU member states and the European Parliament. UNI Europa welcomes the pillar as a renewal of the EU’s commitment to a social Europe. For too…

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Juncker, it’s time to talk about a services policy

Wednesday 18 October 2017

While UNI Europa welcomes Juncker’s renewed enthusiasm for industrial policy, it is critical that Juncker also addresses a comprehensive services policy. People across Europe expect and deserve high quality services, and European businesses also rely on innovative services solutions to succeed in global markets. Therefore, a competitive European Union that caters for a high quality of life…

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