Employment - Social

EU Commission to protect workers against cancer-causing chemicals

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The European Commission wants to limit EU workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals as well as 21 substances that have already been the subject of a limitation or a proposal for a restriction since...

UK gender pay gap just under 10%

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The publication of a gender pay audit for big UK employers reveals a median difference of pay between men and women of just under 10% (9,7%), the BBC reported on Thursday. The data is based...

France braces for paralysing strike action

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As Emmanuel Macron’s administration plans to scrap 120,000 public service jobs and slash pensions, unions brace for a wave of disruptive strikes in transport, garbage collection, and energy production. The General Confederation of Labour, the...

Future of Europe in focus at 2018 ACRE Summit

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The Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) gathered at Brussels' Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel on March 22 to take part in a landmark summit aimed at mapping out the road ahead as Europe...

EU Commission plans new European labour authority

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The European Commission plans to set up an EU Labour Office beginning in 2019 to ensure and control the minimum wage and social standards for those that start work in another Member State or who work in...

France makes quick gains against unemployment but faces structural skills gap

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French unemployment is falling significantly, but there are no quick fixes for skill shortages. Unemployment has dropped below double digits in the third quarter of 2017 and continued to do so during the fourth quarter....

Luxembourg passes landmark prostitution bill criminalising clients

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With a thin majority (32-to-28), Luxembourg moved on Wednesday to adopt a bill that criminalises the solicitation of prostitution services from prostitutes that are minors or “vulnerable individuals.” In addition, the police is given the...

EU Parliament wants to end “free trade” rhetoric to tackle poverty

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Almost one person in four experiences poverty or social exclusion, and one young person in three; more than 118.7 million Europeans, are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, including 26.9 percent of children and...

French unemployment drops while government faces opposition on reforms

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French unemployment dropped by 0,8% in November, reversing a surge in the third quarter. French jobless are now 3,45 million people according to data released on Wednesday. That is roughly double the unemployment rate in...

MEPs discuss persons with disabilities

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President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, delivered the opening speech at the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. The event, organised together with the European Disability Forum, was held in the plenary...

MEPs back ECR’s disability strategy

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A report by ECR MEP Helga Stevens on the European Disability Strategy was overwhelmingly supported by MEPs on November 30. The report follows up on the European Commission's communication on the implementation of the...

EU migration to the UK falls by 43% after the referendum

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The stock of EU migrants in the UK has fallen by 106,000, a year after the referendum on EU membership, the UK’s statistical service (ONS) reported on Thursday. That is a drop of 43%...

European gig economy report: crowd workers are not self-employed

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According to a study partially funded by the European Parliament, the gig economy is changing workplaces across Europe, mostly to the detriment of employees. The study undertaken by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS),...

Apple uses illegal student labour for its iPhone X

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Apple’s main manufacturing contractor in Asia, Foxconn, faces allegations of using illegal labour to produce its iPhone X. According to the Financial Times, 3,000 students at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, work 11-hour days on...

ALDE welcomes adoption of social rights pillar

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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Group in the European Parliament welcomed the signing of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which will be adopted at a gathering of EU leaders and civil...

E-platform of professionals Douleutaras.gr secures funding of €1.8 million

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Inspired by Aesop’s Fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, Greece’s first electronic platform that brings together professionals of different skills and experience, Douleutaras.gr has managed to raise funding of € 1.8 million, by...

Brussels ‘looking into’ UK deportations of EU citizens

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The European Commission is looking into reports the British government is creating a hostile environment for European Union citizens living in the UK. As reported by Euronews, Brussels is checking whether the UK is violating...

Brussels positive about EU Globalisation Fund

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The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is a flagship demonstration of European solidarity, according to a report published by the European Commission on October 31. The fund has helped close to 19,500 workers to adjust...

#MeToo:Tackling sexual harassment, abuse in EU institutions

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The European Parliament has strongly condemned any form of sexual violence and deplores the fact that these acts are too easily tolerated. Perpetrators must be punished, said the MEPs. MEPs reiterated the parliament’s 2014 call...

MEPs increase spending for growth, jobs, security

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The European Parliament on October 25 approved a resolution on the European Union’s budget for 2018. With 414 votes to 163, with 90 abstentions, the resolution reaffirmed their commitment to “financing Union policies that...

The EU reaches watered-down deal on ending posted workers regime

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In a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday EU Social Affairs minister have reached an agreement on EU “posted workers.” The agreement is a triumph for a number of governments that wanted to maintain the status...

Confidence in EU and European Parliament grows

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A clear majority of European Union citizens believe that their country has benefitted from EU membership. According to the European Parliament’s latest Parlemeter poll, 64%, an increase of four percentage points compared to 2016,...

Czech Republic faces court action over freedom of movement

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The Czech Republic has been criticised for failing to live up to some of the commitments that come with the European Union principle of free movement. More precisely, the government has been seriously foot...

MEPs, ministers agree on EU anti-dumping measures to protect jobs

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The European Parliament and European Union ministers in Strasbourg on October 3 agreed on a draft law aimed at better protecting European Union jobs and industry against dumping and subsidised imports. The EU is currently...

Euro area unemployment at lowest 9,1% rate since 2009

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Euro area’s unemployment rate is stable at 9.1%, stable compared to July 2017 and down from 9.9% in August 2016, according to the European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat. According to Eurostat’s estimates, the lowest EU...

MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income

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Minimum income schemes can lift people out of poverty, according to a consensus reached by the European Parliament’s Employment Committee. While most EU countries already have minimum income schemes, few provide adequate support for those...

French truckers target fuel supply to shoot down labour reforms

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French truckers are blocking fuel depots and highways to oppose labour market reforms, rfi reported on Monday. The main point of contention is that the government is putting a cap on compensation for dismissals, as...

Polish, French labour ministers debate EU posted workers

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Poland’s Labour Minister Elżbieta Rafalska and her French counterpart Muriel Penicaud met in Paris last week to try to hammer out a compromise on the status of posted workers in the European Union. The European...

Uber tries to hold on to London by mobilizing public opinion

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There was an awesome shock in London's business world on Friday when it became clear that Uber technologies would no longer be able to run their taxis in London. According to London’s transport authorities, Uber isn’t...

Eurozone inflation rate lingers below ECB target

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The inflation rate in the 19-member euro area has remained lower than expected, despite the European Central Bank’s policy of quantity easing - designed to infuse cash into the economies to drive inflation toward...

Brexit triggers a housing crisis in Frankfurt

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Several cities stand to benefit from Brexit, including with Dublin, Amsterdam, Luxemburg, and Paris. , However, Frankfurt, as the de facto capital of the Eurozone, may be facing a housing crisis as a result. Frankfurt...

Greens praise EU Commission president’s speech

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union speech on September 13 was an encouragement to all those who support the great project of European unification. So said Reinhard Bütikofer, co-chair of the...

ECR critical of Juncker’s speech on EU

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The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament called on the European Union to urgently change its current direction. Speaking during the September 13 State of the Union debate in the European...

Pittella: Wind of change for a reformed Europe is blowing’

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Europe’s socialists have called on European Commission to deliver real results on a youth guarantee and a new child guarantee, as well as on fair and equal pay for equal work. Following the debate on...

President Macron faces first wave of wrath over labour market reforms

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Riot police clashed with protestors marching against labour market reforms in Paris on Tuesday, a movement that President Emmanuel Macron has dismissed as “slackers.” "I am fully determined and I won't cede any ground, not...

European Commission takes second step against Poland

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The European Commission on September 12 decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Ordinary Courts Organisation. This is the next stage in the infringement procedure. If Warsaw does...

Mélenchon overtakes Le Pen as leader of the opposition

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The main opposition in France is no longer the far right but the far left. In a speech in Brachay, northeast France, Marine Le Pen said Saturday that she is "determined" to revitalize Front National....