How the pandemic has affected the labour market

Remote EESC Labour Market Observatory (LMO) Hearing

Friday, 21.05.2021 from 11:15 to 13:00 and from 14:30 to 18:00

Draft Programme


11:15 - 13:00 | Part I - Debate on the impact of remote work in the light of the pandemic

Moderator: Carlos Manuel Trindade, Vice-President of LMO, Rapporteur of the SOC/660 opinion on Challenges of teleworking

  • The right to disconnect - Alex Agius Saliba, MEP, Rapporteur "The Right to disconnect", European Parliament
  • Employers view on the pandemic – What future for telework? - Maxime Cerutti, Director, BusinessEurope, Social Affairs department
  • Employees rights after the pandemic: the right to disconnect - Isabelle Schömann, ETUC Confederal Secretary


Conclusions of the debate - Carlos Manuel Trindade

13:00 - 14:30 | Break

14:30 - 18:00 | Part II - Effects of the pandemic on the situation of low-wage sectors' labour markets

14:30 - 15:45 | Panel 1 – EU-level perspective

Moderator: Lech Pilawski, President of the LMO

  • Labour market effects of the pandemic on low wage sectors Loukas Stemitsiotis, Head of unit, Unit A.4 "Thematic analysis", DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Experiences on key low wage sectors affected by the pandemic based on the COVID-19 surveys & insights into impact of remote work -  John Hurley, Senior Research Manager, Employment Unit, Eurofound


15:45 - 16:00 | Break

16:00 – 17:45 | Panel 2 – Sectoral overview

Moderator: Krzysztof Pater, Vice-President of LMO

  • Personal and household services - Aude Boisseuil, General Delegate, European Federation for Family Employment & Home Care (EFFE), and Aurélie Decker, European federation for services to individuals (EFSI)
  • Hospitality industry – Marie Audren, Director General, European umbrella association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés (HOTREC)
  • Cultural and Creative Sector – Arthur Le Gall, Director, KEA European Affairs
  • Service sector workers – Mark Bergfeld, Director Property Services & UNICARE, UNI Global Union – UNI europa


17:45 - 18:00 | Conclusions of the debate/public hearing - Lech Pilawski, President of the LMO

Participants can speak English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian and Croatian and listen to English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Polish