The unprecedented extension of telework as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak has raised questions about the impact of this form of work organisation in the long term, since there are many reasons to believe that it will accelerate pre-existing trends towards the digitalisation of work and increasing flexibility of work arrangements. TWING aims to explore the impact of COVID-19 crisis on telework, working conditions and industrial relations with the overarching objective of supporting social partners in the promotion of decent and productive telework in the post-COVID-19 scenario.
The project focuses on four sectors (ICT, banking, public administration and chemical industry) in six countries (Austria, Estonia, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Finland). During the project:
- country reports based on document analysis will be written, describing telework developments in the context of the COVID-19 crisi
- quantitative analysis will be carried out to investigate trends in the use of telework and its impact on working conditions
- social partners will be interviewed
- good company practices will be analysed
- the results of the analysis will be discussed together with the social partners.
Exploring the contribution of social dialogue and collective bargaining in the promotion of decent and productive virtual work