Start of project on posting of third country nationals

The Con3Post project is set up to explore the growing phenomenon of recruitment and posting of third country nationals (TCN), most notably from the Western Balkans, non-EU Eastern Europe and North African regions, to work as posted workers in the EU construction sector. Experts and key stakeholders from seven carefully selected EU Member States that represent a mix of TCN sending (Slovenia, Poland, Italy) and receiving countries (Austria, Finland, Belgium, Estonia) are brought together to establish transnational cooperation, share information and conduct empirical research to outline current challenges, future scenarios and possible strategic responses to the far-reaching yet largely unexplored consequences/implications of this persistent trend. Read more here

POOSH comparative report of the OSH conditions of posted workers in nine EU countries

A comparative study of the OSH conditions of posted workers in nine EU countries. The authors looked into the way OSH regulation is applied to posted workers and their experiences with OSH-related issues, and at the legal and institutional framework on posting and OSH, cross-border communication and exchange, the mechanisms for grievances at different levels, the vulnerabilities of posted workers and language barriers. Read more here

POOSH country report in Austria

Posting is an important form of transnational temporary labour mobility for Austria. With a total of 108,627 of PDs A1 issued in 2015 for posted workers coming to Austria, the country ranked 4th in the EU after Germany, France and Belgium. The temporary migration and employment status affect the situation of EU and TCN workers posted to Austria in multiple way.

  • Firstly, employers pay less attention in terms of OSH training towards them;
  • secondly, their temporary status marks them as workers who are easier to exploit and pressure to accept unsatisfactory working/OSH conditions;
  • thirdly, it also influences posted workers’ behavior in so far as due to their short-termed stay, they tend not to inform themselves sufficiently about their rights and the regulations in Austria.
  • The last point is caused by a lack of integration and a feeling of not belonging of posted workers themselves into the Austrian system, which again are caused by the temporariness of their stay.

National competent authorities and agencies in Austria have made great attempts early on after the transposition of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) to protect posted workers from increased OSH-related risks. Yet, data from our research suggest that vulnerabilities still persist. Read more

Local capacity building in Kosovo across divides

Key municipal and NGO stakeholders participated in 5 workshops across all regions in Kosovo to develop local action plans for improved social service delivery. This effort is part of the EU-funded project Support for better social services for the most vulnerable groups in Kosovo, which is led by Save the Children Kosovo in partnership with the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. On December 19, 2018, the workshop in the North included stakeholders from both Serbian-majority North Mitrovica and Albanian-majority South Mitrovica.

Russian versus European welfare attitudes

The new report of the PAWCER project presents welfare attitudes in Russia and the European countries. It covers public support for changes in social protection systems as well as in current social policies. The vulnerable groups include: the poor and concern about income redistribution, the unemployed and unemployment benefits, the elderly and public pensions, working parents and childcare, as well as migrants and accessibility to social rights. See project here

15 PhD-funded Marie Sklodowksa-Curie fellowships for PhD-applicants in the field of informal care

15 PhD-funded Marie Sklodowksa-Curie fellowships are aimed at students who achieved a Master degree in the last four years, or who will achieve it by 1st March 2019. Of the 15 positions available, two are allocated to the Italian National Institute Rest and Care for the Elderly (INRCA), for studies related to the connection between migrant care work and informal care (ESR-5: https://entwine-itn.eu/research/willingness/) and to the role of web-based support services for informal carers (ESR-11: https://entwine-itn.eu/research/implemention/).

The deadline for applications is the the 30th of November 2018.

New reseach directions of using EUROMOD: Austria and the Western Balkan countries in focus at the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop, 17 – 18 September 2018

More than 100 participants, researchers and public representatives met to discuss tax-benefit microsimulation practises and in particular, the future of the EU28 model EUROMOD during the Vienna EUROMOD Workshop, 17 – 18 September 2018. Besides applications of EUROMOD across the globe (e.g. in Latin America and Africa), scientists from Austria presented research insights of reforms such as the ‘Family bonus plus’, among others. Furthermore, scholars from Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina showcased their tax benefit models that are built on EUROMOD; thereby triggering discussions on possibilities, potentials and challenges on the ‘Western BalkanMod initiative’.

Call for Papers: International Bridge Building Winter School 4 – 8 February 2019

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (European Centre) invites proposals for paper presentations of the theme of:
‘Life-course oriented social policies in Eastern Europe’ for the Bridge Building Winter School, taking place from 4 – 8 February 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

The Bridge Building Winter School aims at gathering and exchanging expertise from experienced researchers who are either based in or have a focus on (but not limited to) Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, and Turkey.

We particularly invite scholars with expertise in life-course oriented social policies related to labour market, employment, gender, ageing, digitalisation, wealth, social inclusion, as well as health and long-term care, etc..

The call for abstracts on academic papers is closed.

 

CALL FOR POSITION within the MigOccH research project of the University of Padova

Applications are invited for one position within the MigOccH research project (Migration and Occupational Health: Understanding the Risks for Eastern European Migrant Women) of the University of Padova. The position is for one-year research fellow. The research fellow will have to contribute to carry out a survey on the issue of the occupational health of migrant workers residing in the Municipality of Padua. Statistical skills are required.

Applications will be received within the 1st of August. Expected starting date: September 2018.

More info find here (announcement in Italian and in English).

Call for papers: New technologies: Opportunity or challenge for the aging population? Prague, 27 − 28 March 2019

KEYNOTE,  a well-established consultancy in cooperation with Active Aging Center, organises the conference New technologies: Opportunity or challenge for the aging population? in Prague, 27 − 28 March 2019.  Therefore it is seeking papers that will contribute to a critical examination of interrelationships between aging and technologies in the following areas:

  • Silver economy – devices and services adjusted to the needs of older people; age-friendly technologies.
  • Labor market – Industry 4.0; ICT as a challenge and opportunity for older workers; employability of older workers; technology skills update; age discrimination in hiring practices and in work place; technology easing the physical work; measures for facilitating longer working life; later career planning; age management.
  • ICT – social inclusion and lifelong learning; older people on internet and social media; age-friendly devices (big button phones, etc.); special apps for older people (pill reminder, fitness tracker, etc.); preventing vulnerability of older people to phishing, scams, hoaxes, etc.
  • Perception – older people attitudes towards new technologies; affordability, accessibility, and ethical challenges associated with new technologies.
  • Transport and mobility – robotic technologies; autonomous cars; and advanced driver-assistance systems for older customers.
  • Health system – modern medical technologies; eHealth; telemedicine; assistive devices; technology for long-term care.
  • Housing and homestay care – intelligent households; home adaptation; smart home devices; internet of things; robotics; artificial intelligence.

KEYNOTE welcomes proposals from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field.
Submit your 500-word abstracts and a short bio to spata@keynote.cz.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2018

For further information klick here.