Tag: deregulation

Race to the bottom: Europe’s precariat

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John Langley Howard’s “California Industrial Scenes.” Fresco, Coit Tower, 1934. Detail by Thomas Hawk / Flickr.

Why has the “precarisation of labour”, as sociologists call it, reached an enormous scale? And what must be done to stop it? Investigate Europe has researched these questions all across Europe. The findings are sobering. Click here to find out where you can read our stories in your national language.

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Precarious work: Europe’s new reserve army

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Detail of the article as published by Der Tagesspiegel. Illustration by Julia Schneider

Millions of Europeans in temporary, part-time or bogus self-employed contracts can only find insecure and badly paid jobs, despite the healthy economic climate. That is the price of deregulating labour markets, Investigate Europe reports. This precarious set of labour conditions was created intentionally. FULL ENGLISH VERSION

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Público (Portugal) | How precariousness made the EU change its speech on labour

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The ECB, the European Commission and the IMF have all changed their speech: It is as if the 2017 troika criticizes the 2011 troika. Credit: Nuno Ferreira Santos (Publico archive)

Since 2008 there were more than 400 labor law changes in the EU countries. But 4 out of 5 of the new jobs are either fixed-term or part-time. Deregulating may have boosted precarious contracts. And that’s being noticed in Brussels’ political cabinets.

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Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy) | After ten years of reform Europe suffers from growing precariousness

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Ten years of labor market reforms have failed to bring prosperity and economic growth in Europe. What was wrong, which promises were not kept? Investigate Europe has investigated the consequences of labor deregulation in eight European countries, telling stories of precariousness:  involuntary part-time work in Germany; poor workers in France; Greek doctors leaving Greece to go enrich German hospitals; the new resistance of Foodora cyclists.

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Aftenbladet & Fædrelandsvennen (Norway) | Romania, the Country of Silent Tears

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From the left: Gabriela Butnaru (13), Lavinia Tihulca (13), Mihaela Butnaru (33) crying at revisiting feelings of separation. Credit: Johnny Green - Investigate Europe, July 17 2017, Liteni, Iași, Romania

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.

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Aftenbladet & Fædrelandsvennen (Norway) | Stay in or out of the European Economic Area? This is the question at work

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Boye Ullmann & Jonas Bals at an Oslo building site. Credit: Gorm K. Gaare, EUP-Berlin

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.

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