Upcoming on March 17: [email protected] on ‘Mobile working in a post-pandemic world of work

Wednesday, March 17 will see the next edition of CESI’s event series ‘[email protected]’ with an online panel debate on ‘Future of work: Digital world of work: Mobile working in a post-pandemic world of work?’ Registration to the event, which will be held jointly together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, is now open.

Future of Work: Mobile working in a pot-pandemic world of work

An online [email protected] brought to you by the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung

March 17 2020, 12:00-13:30

Online (Zoom)


With sustained lockdown periods, the Covid pandemic measures have imposed mobile and home working for large parts of the workforce. While this has revealed that working away from office locations can truly ‘work’ and bring multiple benefits to both workers and employers, it has become equally evident that rules need to be put in place to make it a fair, safe, legally sound and effective method of working for both sides.

Since we can expect mobile and home-based work to further increase and lead to an overall digital transformation of the companies, even after the pandemic is overcome, what elements need to be regulated and at what levels? How can we learn to accept the digitalisation of work as a necessary change? What is the role in this of the EU institutions, national governments, social partners and trade unions?

And in particular: Do workers need a right to disconnect by themselves or an automatic disconnection to effectively eliminate permanent availability? How to rule out digital surveillance of workers? Who should be responsible for occupational health and safety during mobile working? And who should pay for expenditures incurred by mobile working: the worker, the employer or, via tax relief, the state? These and more questions will be addressed and discussed at this [email protected] together with trade union experts and policy makers.

Sara Rinaudo (Italian ‘Confsal’ trade union), Chair of CESI’s Working Group on the Future of Work

MEP Alex Agius Saliba (S&D, MT), European Parliament Rapporteur on the Right to Disconnect

Birgit Wintermann, Programme Manager ‘Business in Society’ at Bertelsmann Stiftung

Klaus Heeger, Secretary General of CESI
Jürgen Noack, Head of Brussels Liaison Office at Bertelsmann Stiftung