Working, Yet Poor



European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), European Social Observatory (OSE), University of Luxembourg, University of Bologna, Goethe University of Frankfurt, KULeuven, Tilburg University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Lund, University of Gdansk

The Working, Yet Poor (WorkYP) project, funded by the European Union's Horizon2020 fund for the years 2020-2023, examines the social trend of workers at risk or below the poverty line. It has being carried out by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini together with 11 partners, 8 universities and 2 other social rights institutions to renew European citizens' confidence in public governance. 

Analyzing the situation in 7 countries, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Poland, the report identified the four categories of vulnerable workers, including gender dimension. WorkYP then proposed European and national social policies to ensure adequate wages and protections needed for all workers to provide economic security, following the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR).


Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini lead the communication Work Package. Reports, papers, policy briefs, books, and conferences were used to disseminate WorkYP's findings to all public and private stakeholders: policymakers, labor unions, employer associations, NGOs and associations, and the academic community.

The WorkYP Consortium provided policy advice regarding direct and indirect measures to be implemented: minimum wages, collective bargaining agreements, welfare and social security, work benefits, tax regimes, housing and childcare, career and skills advancement.