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The Competence Centre on the Future of Work was founded in 2021 by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and it is based in the European capital of Brussels. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit organisation from Germany, committed to the values of Social Democracy. The Competence Centre aims to promote the debate on the future of work by bringing progressive approaches into the forefront based on social democratic values. Feel free to browse and find out about our many activities. Read more

Digital Europe

Digital Europe

The development of innovative digital technologies require a coherent legal framework in social and environmental policies benefiting all workers in the EU. More

New forms of work

New forms of work

Digital transformation increases possibilities for platform and remote work. However, the differences in labour protection and rights in platform economy and telework vary across the EU member states. More

New Technologies

New Technologies

Machine-based systems are already part of warehouses and manufacturing businesses. However, the appropriate ethical and legal framework and guidelines are necessary. More

Social Responses to Digitalisation

Social Responses to Digitalisation

Digital automation of work brings many uncertainties in employment and social conditions for different groups of the society. More


Our Videos

What is work? #TimeToDeliver

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Labour Day 2021: Voices of essential workers

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Our care workers deserve more than just applause

Across Europe, care workers have been on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. Now, their demands should guide the post-pandemic recovery.


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A shrinking and expanding world

While the pandemic has equalised the access of knowledge around the world, side-effects will be felt disproportionally in the global labour market.


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Latest News & Events

01.05.2021 | Trade Union Youth

Labour Day 2021: Voices of essential workers (video)

On Labour Day, essential workers from different European countries explained what work means to them and what they want for the future of their work.


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16.04.2021 | Trade Union Networks

New realities of labour in the Pan-European region: remote work challenge and its regulations

On April 15-16, ITUC PERC and the FES CompCen 'Future of Work' organised a two day conference on remote work challenges and its regulations.


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30.03.2021 | Trade Union Youth

Digital Organising: A useful tool for trade union movement

On March 30, the Baltic Organising Alliance (BOA), UNI Global and the FES CompCen 'Future of Work' organised a training on Digital Organising.


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Publications

03.07.2019 | Publication

We need to talk, AI.

What is AI

A Comic Essay on Artifical Intelligence by Dr. Julia Schneider and Lena Kadriye Ziyal.


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13.05.2019 | Publication

Trade Unions in Germany - Challenges in a Time of Transition

The authors Heiner Dribbusch and Peter Birke have elaborated a new analysis, taking into account structural changes and new challenges.


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18.04.2019 | Publication

The 2018 Annual Reviews of Labour Relations and Social Dialogue for 19 countries in Central Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe

These Annual Reviews provide an analysis of notable developments in the wider field of labour relations for 19 countries.


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