European Projects, Free to Choose

IV meeting of the committee of Sociology of Labour of the European Federation of Sociology

“How are we getting out of the crisis?”

21-22 June 2018

WS1: Sociological Research

Barcelona (Spain) – Anna Giulia Ingellis, Marcela Jabbaz, and Capitolina Diaz from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Valencia (UNIVAL) presented the first results of one of the research carried out in the framework of the EU project FreeToChoose (FtC) – as part of the activities foreseen by WS1 Operational Map – during the IV meeting of the committee of Sociology of Labour of the Spanish  Federation of Sociology at the University of Barcelona on the 21st  and 22nd  of June 2018.

Since 2015, year of the previous meeting of the committee in Murcia, optimistic and enthusiastic talks on the exit from the crisis have been spreading. After three years, it was time to further examine the effects of the crisis in the following areas:

  • Alteration of working lives;
  • State of implementation of social and labour policies;
  • Quality of the jobs;
  • Trade union action in employment regulation.

In this context, the IV meeting of the committee of Sociology focused on four main topics:

  1. Transformations in work processes and conditions;
  2. Labour trajectories and the crisis;
  3. Gender equality in employment;
  4. New forms of employment and limits of union action.

The FtC research was carried out in the 5 EU countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia) involved in the project : The specific aim of the analysis was to map the persistence of gender stereotypes among young people in the transition from education to work. The research is structured around two investigations:

  • Mind the GAP: analysis of Eurostat secondary data and other EU official documents related to the gender gap;
  • Coming out: qualitative analysis of gender stereotypes among youngsters in education-work transition, with an extensive field work per Country, that will lead to a comparative report based on the national reports produced

The data confirm that Italy and Spain are undoubtedly the countries with the highest gender inequality rate, not only in comparison with the countries involved in the project, but with EU average, too. Portugal, Slovenia and Cyprus are always above the EU average; in particular, Portugal is the country performing better.

The results of the research will offer evidence-based material for the development of the board game and this will constitute the third report of the Operational Map.

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