European Work and Employment Research Centre

Current projects

Reducing Precarious Work in Europe through Social Dialogue

This research aims to explore how innovative forms of social dialogue in different regulatory contexts can reduce the precariousness of employment and thereby promote more inclusive labour markets. It engages with representatives of trade unions and employer bodies in six European countries – Denmark, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. It started in December 2014 and will end with a high profile international conference in Brussels in November 2016.

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Social dialogue during the economic crisis:

The impact of industrial relations reforms on collective bargaining in the manufacturing sector

Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG

Against the background of a profound economic crisis in Europe, wide-ranging labour market reforms are radically transforming the national systems of collective bargaining in a number of EU Member States. The comparative research project will seek to understand how the crisis-driven policy reforms translate into changes in collective bargaining in manufacturing. Specific questions include: What have been the effects of the reforms for the process and content of collective bargaining at the national, industry and company level? How do employers and trade unions respond to the new regulatory framework and what have been the implications for the outcomes of collective bargaining on issues such as wages, employment conditions and gender equality?

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Public sector pay, procurement and inequalities

This comparative project is investigating the nature of public sector pay reforms during the current period of fiscal austerity and seeks to understand in particular the challenges facing social partners, the associated strategies of procurement and the combined effects on patterns of wage and employment inequalities. It hopes to extend current knowledge by focusing on the specific roles of social partners in a context of rapidly changing government policy.

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Network of Excellence: Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe (RECWOWE)

RECWOWE is a Network of Excellence of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) on 'Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe'. The paramount objective of RECWOWE is to create a European research network capable of overcoming the fragmentation of existing research on questions of work and welfare in Europe. The aim is to promote the research excellence required in identifying and understanding the multiple tensions between work and welfare, as well as strategies for managing or resolving them.


The Recruitment and Retention of a Care Workforce for Older People

Research Team: Jill Rubery (Principal Investigator), Marilyn Carroll , David Challis, Helen Chester,

Colette Fagan, Damian Grimshaw, Gail Hebson, Jane Hughes

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Work and Life Quality in New and Growing Jobs - WALQING

The aims of the WALQING project are to: 

  • to investigate growing jobs in Europe with problematic working conditions, precarious employment,  low wages, and/or lack of social integration;
  • to analyse stakeholder policies aiming to improve conditions in these jobs;
  • to compare the impact of alternative ways of organising new types of work on the quality of workers’ work and life.

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Social Inclusion, Unions and Migration

This project is funded by the Leverhulme Foundation and the research outlines EU comparative approaches into migrant workers in the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, and how the question of social exclusion encourages a variety of trade union responses and alliances.

Futher details about this project here

About Our Company

The European Work and Employment Research Centre was established in 1994 to build upon and develop expertise in comparative and inter-disciplinary research in the area of work and employment.

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