Employment - Social

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....

ECHR: Companies cannot monitor their employee’s without their knowledge

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday that companies need to inform workers prior to monitoring their communication. The landmark case of Bogdan Bărbulescu overturns a previous judgment...

The biggest overhaul of the French labour market in decades

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Emmanuel Macron's government presented a labour market reform plan on Thursday, delivering on one of his key campaign promises. Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud presented five decrees detailed in over 200 pages as “unprecedented.," while Prime Minister...

GUE/NGL hails new proposal to tackle unemployment

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The European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament welcomed an initiative presented by the labour ministers of Greece and Luxembourg to boost employment in the European Union. GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer...

Macron introduces labour reform bill that can “make or break” his Presidency

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Emmanuel Macron is bracing to deliver on his key campaign promise of a labour market overhaul. On Thursday he will present in Parliament a bill that could make or break his Presidency. Emmanuel Macron campaigned...

Theresa May backtracks from pledge to tackle wage inequality

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Firms incorporated in the UK will have to justify the gap in salaries between their senior management and regular employees, according to a new set of rules proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May. The widening...

Poland takes on Macron over EU labour reform

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French president Emmanuel Macron’s drive to reform the EU’s labour market rules has hit a brick wall… in Poland. On a tour of central and eastern Europe, he managed to secure the backing of...

British Food Sector survey suggests dependence on EU workers

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The very day the Office of National Statistics in the UK released figures of a sharp drop in EU migration in the UK, a study released by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation expresses...

Macron takes campaign against “posted workers” to Eastern Europe

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French President Emmanuel Macron will tour Eastern Europe to campaign against labour dumping. His first stop on Wednesday was Salzburg, Austria, where he met with Chancellor Christian Kern, the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and...

Macron braces for class warfare à la française in September

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Following consultations with French trade unions on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron’s administration braces for a major political standoff over proposed labour market reforms. Currently, the French economy has returned to growth and unemployment has dropped...

Netherlands negotiates its liberal national brand to form a cabinet

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The Netherlands could soon reintroduce the teaching of the official national anthem in schools, the Algemeen Dagblad daily published last week (AD). Children will be required to learn to sing the anthem, as well as its...

French unemployment drops to 2012 levels

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French unemployment fell to its lowest level since 2012, according to the French statistical service (Insee) Data released on Thursday suggest unemployment continues its downward turn, falling by 0,1% in the second quarter to 9,2%....

UK’s labour market thrives despite slowing growth

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Despite the deceleration of UK growth, the labour market continues to create jobs, reaching the lowest level of unemployment since 1975. 31 million people or 75,1% of the working age population (16-64) in the UK...

Oettinger says UK payments will have to continue to 2020 despite Brexit

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The United Kingdom will have to keep making payments for long-term programmes to the European Union until at least 2020, even after it leaves the bloc in 2019, EU Budget Commission Guenther Oettinger told Germany's...

Eurozone recovering, unemployment lowest in years

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Europe's financial recovery has been better than expected, according to official Eurozone figures. The good news comes just a week after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the eurozone was strengthening, but warned of...

Macron to nationalize STX shipyards to prevent Italian takeover

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France announced plans to temporarily nationalize its Saint-Nazaire STX shipyards to prevent their takeover from the Italian state-controlled Fincantieri, Le Monde reported on Thursday. "Strategic Interests" Later that day, the French Economy minister confirmed the move....

Bleak news for Italy’s jobless

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Italy’s unemployment rate for 15-24-year-olds is one of the highest in the European Union, according to the findings of a new report released on July 17. The annual Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE)...

Employment rates rise in most OECD countries

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During the first quarter of 2016, the average rate of employment in OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries was 67.4%. This was in fact indicated on Monday by the OECD. In Belgium, the...

Oxfam unveils the “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index”

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Oxfam published on Monday a pilot inequality index that ranks governments on the basis of what they do to reduce inequality. The ten best-performing governments among 152 states in the world are European: Sweden, Belgium,...

EU Commission concerned about living standards for future generations

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Despite the better economic news, the risk remains that the younger generations will have less well than their parents, finds the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Marianne Thyssen. Presenting the Annual report on...

The UK’s gay couples are uncertain of pension rights equality after Brexit

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The UK’s Supreme Court awarded a gay man the right to pass on his pension to his spouse after his death on Wednesday. The ruling was founded on EU human rights guarantees, not UK...

EU Parliament calls for growth, jobs, security

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The European Parliament on July 5 adopted a resolution aimed at achieving sustainable growth and creating jobs, as well as bosting investment in research, innovation, infrastructure, education and SMEs. Proposed by 2018 budget rapporteur Siegfried...

Parliament approves anti-dumping new robust rules 

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The EU Parliament gave today its green light to start talks soon with national governments on new EU anti-dumping rules designed to better protect EU industry and jobs. The new rules on the calculation of...

Spain’s economy grows remarkably fast, but only the 60-to-69 get a pay rise

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While Spain’s economy grows, the dividend goes only to the 60-to-69 age group. The Spanish GDP surged by 3,2% in 2015 and 2016, making the former ailing economy one of the fastest-growing in the Eurozone....

Barnier: “More ambition, clarity and guarantees” needed from the UK’s Brexit proposals

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EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier took a first go at the UK’s proposal on citizens rights, shortly after UK prime minister Theresa May presented the British proposal to the House of Commons...

Macron to visit Romania as part of his campaign against social dumping

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French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Romania as part of his tour against the “posted workers” regime. The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, invited the French President for a visit Bucharest on Friday, on the sidelines...

Advancements in improving careers for people with disabilities announced

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Project DESC (disabilities equality security careers) presented the work the group has done in furthering career accessibility for those with disabilities at the project closing conference on June 21, 2017, in Brussels. DESC is composed...

European Parliament Youth Intergroup demands ban on unpaid internships in Parliament

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134 out of the 751 members of the European Parliament signed the Manifesto for Fair Internships drafted by the European Parliament Youth Group last Thursday. The manifesto is a part of the group’s campaign...

Poland rejects ‘protectionist’ EU labour market reform

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Pushing planned reforms to its labour market, Poland’s Europe Minister Konrad Szymański has warned the European Union risks alienating its central and eastern member states. Last year, the European Commission tabled a new version of...

Polls suggest May could lose

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The suspension of the campaign for one day after the latest attack in London, theoretically, favours the ruling Conservatives, which polls suggest have an ever-shrinking lead. That may be the case. But, until Saturday's...

Is the EU Roaming-free dream crumbling?

Though citizens of the European Union have been promised that they will live roaming-free as of June 15th, loopholes in the Regulation are being increasingly used by mobile operators to retain roaming charges a...

Amnesty says France uses state of emergency against union protests

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"With the battle lines already being drawn between the new president and the unions on labor law reform, President Macron must stop the misuse of anti-terrorism powers to restrict peaceful protest and end France's...

Lowest unemployment in EU since 2009 : Eurostat

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Euro area unemployment was 9.3% in April, compared with EU28 at 7.8%. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since March 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.8% in April 2017, down from...

Poll shows May loses overall majority

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Wednesday opened with yet another 0,5% nosedive for the Pound, as the latest poll indicates that the Conservatives may be slipping away from an outright majority in the forthcoming June 8 elections. Meanwhile, JP Morgan...

European Solidarity Corps takes legal form and €340 million from EU budget

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The Berlaymont upgrades the status of its promising programme by proposing a budget of €340 million for the period of 2018-2020. The participation that the Commission estimates for this time period is of 100,000...

EU strives for green jobs for a greener future

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The 17th annual EU Green Week kicked off in Malta on May 29, focusing on green jobs. The European Union’s environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic and social growth across the...

Why Europe’s work-life balance proposal could be in limbo for years

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A central part of the new European Pillar of Social Rights proposed by the European Commission is the so-called work-life balance proposal, which reflects three main principles—equal opportunities and access to the labour market,...