The EU is working on new rules to regulate the ‘gig economy’. The years since the 2008 financial crisis have been a period of stagnant wage growth and painful labour market adjustment. One of the most striking features of the post-crisis years has been the growth of things like zero-hour contracts, the so-called “gig economy”, and fixed-term employment contracts. For most people, the “job for life” has been replaced by a succession of “jobs for a year or two”.

Meanwhile, freelancing has flourished, with companies arguing their workers are actually self-employed (and therefore much easier to fire, with fewer social security costs for their employer to cover). Is this really a healthy economy?

What do our readers think? We had a comments sent in by Sophie and Patricia calling for measures to support better quality jobs. To get a response, we put them to Leïla Chaibi, a French MEP who is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and sits with The Left group in the European Parliament. You can see her responses in the video at the top of this post.

Is Europe’s economy built on poor quality jobs? Do freelance workers need better access to social protection? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

  1. avatar

    In poor quality laws which serve only Greed of employers .Every job is of high quality

  2. avatar
    JT HK

    I think most of your poor quality jobs have been transferred to the late developed countries. More advanced member states of EU are actually paying low salary to employ citizens from less developed member state. What you call poor quality jobs are just low pay job. This is just what Marxism pointed out i.e. capitalist exploitation, and government are using the excuse of free market economy, non-intervention to shed their duty and responsibility to reduce the wealth gap.

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