12:30 - 13:30
The future of care: platform work & digitalisation

In order to give you access to our events, FEPS processes your personal data together with any other organiser of this event mentioned in the description of the event and in accordance with 'FEPS’ data protection policy.

“One usually thinks of Deliveroo drivers and Uber taxis, but in the field of care, platform work has also developed to encompass babysitting, cleaning, old-age care, special needs care, etc.” 

Claire Marzo in “The European Care Strategy: A Chance to Ensure Inclusive Care for All?” 
(FEPS-FES Policy Study, March 2023) 

This lunch policy webinar was part of a series building on the policy study ‘The European Strategy: A chance to ensure inclusive care for all?‘. The “Care4Care Policy Series” offered a set of short discussions which highlighted the persisting challenges related to care policy-making. The series especially focused on policy-oriented solutions and on their interaction with other policy fields.

Domestic help constitutes an occupational group where platforms are booming. At the same time, it represents a sector where women are still largely over-represented. Digitalisation has namely affected the care sector through the growing use of digital platforms raising the need for regulation at the European level in a care-sensitive approach. What are the European alleyways to ensure that the regulation of the care and digital transitions go hand in hand (namely in the context of the AI Act and the EU Care strategy)? This is one of the questions that this session addressed in an endeavour to reap the opportunities offered by new technologies whilst acknowledging the limited scope of automation and productivity improvements for a humane approach to care

Care being such a complex and multifaceted policy field, each discussion will target a different dimension relevant to understand how the Strategy can give itself the means to ensure that care-givers and -receivers do not fall short of the EU’s fundamental values and the fulfilment of social rights.

The European Care Strategy can be seen as the very start of the EU’s journey towards developing solid and encompassing policies acknowledging the centrality of care whilst protecting and valuing all those needing or providing it.

In the policy study, the authors feed and guide the discussion by critically assessing whether the European Care Strategy can be seized as an opportunity to trigger a new approach to care that is truly inclusive and fair for all. They explore whether the EU is sufficiently equipping itself to live up to the claims that European values “can only flourish in a caring society”. On the one hand, it offers an analysis of the positive developments welcomed by the key stakeholders. On the other hand, it also serves better to understand the remaining blind spots of the Strategy. 

Among the speakers:

  • Claire Marzo, Associate Professor, Paris East University
  • Adam Rogalewski, Policy Officer for Health and Social Services, EPSU
  • Irene Rioboo Leston, Researcher, EIGE

Moderation by Inga Sabanova, Policy Officer, FES Future of Work Competence Center

Watch again the policy webinars:

European Public Service Union (EPSU)
Related events

Enhancing sustainable long-term care

Care4Care Policy Series

Care as a driver of sustainable growth

Care4Care Policy Series

Fair working conditions in childcare

Care4Care Policy Series
Related publications

The European Care Strategy

A chance to ensure inclusive care for all?
Find all related publications

A progressive politics of work for the age of unpeace

What Labour can learn from the European centre-left

‘Abortion in the EU’ – Country fact sheets

Multispeed access to abortion across member states

Abortion in the European Union

Actors, issues and discourse

Is the digital transition a lever for structural reforms or does it reinforce the divide?

Recovery Watch series
Find all related events
Claridge, Brussels

Transforming capitalism in the Age of AI

European and progressive approach to digital transformation

The future of work in Europe

Implications for equity and growth in Europe

The future of foreign policy is feminist

Book reading
Find all related news

The Feminist Foreign Policy Progressive Voices Collective (FFPPVC)

A collective to promote a feminist and progressive approach to foreign policy

A credible future beyond growth has to be feminist

This article was first published on EUobserver

Feminist Leadership for Women in CSOs

Survey for women in leadership

Digital programme: Algorithms at the workplace

FEPS, together with Nordic partners, launched a Digital Program on algorithmic management and workers' rights
Find all related in the media
In the media

A szociális unió imperatívusza

by Új Egyenlőség 09/09/2023
'The imperative of Social Union'. Article about FEPS book 'Europe’s Social Integration: Welfare Models and Economic Transformations' by László Andor.

AI, platforms and (human) workers’ rights

by Social Europe 07/07/2023
In Social Europe' article, Gerard Rinse Oosterwijk, FEPS Policy Analyst on Digital, talks about the efforts to regulate AI undertaken by the EU and highlights the importance to grasp this opportunity to set the rules for a human-centric approach

Rapid grocery worker conditions are worsening, states report

by The Grocer 30/05/2023
The findings of our FEPS study on the quick-commerce sector and the conditions of rider workers were picked up by the UK-website 'The Grocer’.

A credible future beyond growth has to be feminist

by euobserver 17/05/2023
Euobserver article about the #BeyondGrowth conference mentions FEPS 'Defining Care' Policy Brief