Lecturer, University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest
Mihail Caradaica is a Lecturer in European Studies at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. Since 2019 he is the coordinator of The Democratic Left Foundation, designing and implementing progressive projects. One of the most relevant projects he implemented for the foundation consisted in coordinating a book entitled: “The Left and the Romanian Social Agenda” a progressive collection of articles from leftist Romanian thinkers.
Regarding his experience in the political field, Mihail Caradaica worked between 2015 and 2016 as a Political Adviser of the Chamber of Deputies President, between 2016 and 2017 as a Political Adviser for MEP Office of Victor Negrescu, and today is a member of PES activists, as vice-president of PES Bucharest.
This policy brief is an attempt to sketch out the baselines of a new progressive approach towards remote work. An approach that fosters social justice. An approach that takes seriously the promises and perils of digital transformation. Crucially, an approach that is compatible with ecological boundaries. In other words, the fact that proximity does not seem to play as big a role in shaping our world of work as it used to play does not have to go hand in hand with the erosion of workers’ rights. It does not have to exacerbate the worst excesses of digital capitalism. And it does not have to compound the destruction of the planet. These drawbacks are outcomes of political choices – not of natural laws. They are not inevitable.
Across three strategic levels, the policy proposals illustrate that progressives all across Europe have powerful strategies and tools at their disposal to prevent these outcomes: information; institutions; and labour law.
Political Mentor: S&D MEP Brando Benifei
Academic Mentor: Stewart Wood (Lord Wood of Anfield), Chair of the United Nations Association – UK