Economic migrant families from Romania have been struggling for their dignity in the absence of sustainable local employment and wages adapted to reality. They’ve paid for decent earnings with toil, painkillers, anxiety and emotional phone calls across Europe. But worst of all, with tears of the nation’s children.
Hundreds of thousands of young Greeks have turned their backs on depleted public services, dead labour markets and worsening working conditions. Germany wants them. Meanwhile, the Greek health system feels the brain drain. Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.
Labour crime and social dumping is almost risk-free. Now the city of Oslo is determined to restore legality and decent conditions on its construction sites – and eyes in its model a new Nordic export to Europe.
Governments in Western and Eastern Europe clash over child benefits. While the sums are small, emotions are strong. Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.
It was supposed to be the solution. Flexible working relations would energize the labour market and strengthen the economy. Millions of workers in Europe are left in opposite situations, insecure and vulnerable. Publication in NORWEGIAN via Aftenbladet.
Norway has been a quasi-member of the EU since entering the EEA agreement in 1994. Very few discuss the contract in the general public sphere. But the issue has grown to enormous proportions in the labour movement. Can Norway retain safe and decent labour conditions without exiting the EEA? Published in NORWEGIAN by Aftenbladet.