Browsing All Posts filed under »Worker’s rights«

Demonstration in Brussels against social dumping

January 24, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN EUROPOLITICS) Several thousand European workers from the building, transport and agri-food industries took to the streets in Brussels, on 23 January, to denounce social dumping and exploitation of posted workers. They demanded better protection for workers sent to a member state other than the state in which they usually work for a limited […]

Swedish unions propose profit cap on welfare business

January 17, 2013


(PUBLISHED IN THE LOCAL) The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) has proposed a new type of company that would limit profits made in the tax-funded welfare sector, in a move that goes against the line of their traditional political ally, the opposition Social Democrat Party. Working for the public good and limiting how much profit […]

Slovenian public sector announced strike for January

December 28, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN THE SLOVENIA TIMES) Public sector unions will hold a general strike on 23 January next year to protest against layoffs in the sector, unionist Branimir Štrukelj announced before New Year holidays. The strike will be the “D-day for the public sector, when we will begin efforts first and foremost against layoffs,” Štrukelj said. […]

‘Mini-jobs’ don’t work in Germany, and they won’t work in Britain

December 24, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN THE GUARDIAN) Though being floated by the Treasury as a measure to increase employment, German ‘mini-jobs’ offer little money or security.  The most recent copycat idea floated by the Treasury to promote employment creation through ever more flexible labour markets is the German “mini-jobs” initiative. Introduced in Germany in 2003 under the social […]

French PM stirs controversy over 35-hour work week

October 31, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN FRANCE TV INFO) French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, somewhat controversially, on Tuesday that he was open to the idea of revising the country’s 35-hour work week, a reform that was ushered in by the Socialist government at the end of the 1990s. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault delighted business and angered labour […]

Scottish public sector workers to get first pay rise in three years

October 19, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN THE GUARDIAN) Angry union leaders say below-inflation 1% offer to hundreds of thousands of workers is still a pay cut in real terms Scottish trade unions said the 1% across the board wage increase, to come into effect next April, was too mean. They accused him of copying George Osborne’s pay restraint policies […]

Italian graduates earned two euros an hour

October 17, 2012


(PUBLISHED IN CORRIERE DELLA SERA) Call centre owned by 35-year-old treated workers like slaves. NAPOLI – Grottaminarda is a village on the border of the provinces of Avellino and Foggia. It is also the place where financial police officers uncovered a call centre operating on behalf of two leading Italian phone companies. Workers were paid less […]