POOSH COUNTRY Report in Austria: Occupational safety and health of posted workers in Austria

This research report prepared by Katarina Hollan and Sonila Danaj in the frame of the POOSH project provides first insights on the occupational safety and health (OSH) vulnerabilities of posted workers in Austria. The authors explain the multiple vulnerabilities posted workers face in the country, spanning from employment and contractual conditions, wages and working conditions, social and health insurance, to accommodation, language barriers and social isolation. The national OSH structures, mechanisms and procedures as well as cross-border institutional exchange on the OSH of posted workers are also discussed. The report finds that although Austrian authorities have undertaken substantial efforts to reduce the vulnerabilities of posted workers, some issues remain. They persist both in terms of OSH and other aspects of posting, such as working time or remuneration. Read more here

The Orbán welfare reform and its impact on the Hungarian living standards

The Hungarian social policy of the early 2010s focused on unemployment. The Orbán’s workfare reform aimed at expanding the Public Work Schemes, which mostly failed at integrating their participants into the primary labour market. This was the consequence of a policy centred only on the job places creation rather than addressing quality of work and social inclusion. The Public Work Schemes rendered mandatory for people receiving welfare benefits sectorial jobs with a low marketable profile despite the level of education, creating a low and segregated profile for public workers. So that, long-term unemployment issues such as family conflicts, health problems and social exclusion arose. Thus, the Orbán’s policy increased income equality by boosting the employment rate. Yet, it did not increase employability and, by not including public workers into the primary labour market, the workfare reform also increased the poverty gap and the stigmatisation of social exclusion. (Virginia Trulli, postgraduate)

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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

EEPOW Workshop in FYROM

The fourth country workshop happened in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on November 6, 2018. The workshop organized by the local partner, the organization PUBLIC with the support of the European Centre, brought together representatives from the Macedonian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the various ministerial directorates, the Labour Inspectorate, the social partners, employment agencies and researchers to discuss the transposition of the Posting of Workers Directive in FYROM and the institutional capacities for implementing the Directive once the country becomes a member state.

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Project ‘Social enterprises in active labour market policies in Macedonia’

The project ‘Social enterprises in active labour market policies in Macedonia’ is implemented from October 2016 to March 2017. The BACID project intends (1) to transfer know-how about design and implementation of support measures for the development of social entrepreneurship between Macedonian partners and the European Centre; (2) to jointly propose a set of policy tools based on international practice that can enhance the capacity of regions and municipalities to support social enterprises for inclusion of disadvantaged groups.