The vast sums disbursed in procurement and subsidies by public institutions must lever good work amid the green transition.
Companies with market power are increasing prices beyond rising energy costs—because they can.
With inflation driven largely by corporate rent-seeking, rather than suppressing wage claims windfall profits must be taxed.
A ‘social taxonomy’ should be developed as a counterpart to the green investment taxonomy, with comprehensive employee involvement.
A European layer of social insurance is increasingly necessary.
The Conference on the Future of Europe needs to hold out a prospect of a single market that works for its mobile workers.
Can the Conference on the Future of Europe be a turning point from a mere economic union to one of social rights?
Falling corporate taxation has been matched by a rising contribution from labour. But there are ways to redress the balance between citizens and companies.
Legal arguments over the EU posting of workers directive raise the issue of which is to prevail: workers’ rights or unregulated markets?
The Big Tech platforms have established monopolies which disempower their competitors as well as their workers. EU competition law can be used by unions seeking to bring them to heel.
Workers in Ireland are still bearing the brunt after the Celtic Tiger’s demise—but with a modest gain against the precarisation of work.
Fighting against transnational social dumping can best be compared to Heracles’ struggle against the Hydra of Lerna – the multi-headed serpent in Greek mythology. This struggle is highly uneven because every time a head is cut off, the monster regenerates two new ones to replace it. Similarly, when trade unions succeed in revealing a case […]
The UK’s exit from the EU means a contributions gap of an estimated €10-14 billion per year, around 7 percent of the EU Budget. Thereby, the discussion about the multi-annual financial framework has already set off in one direction: How do we fill the gap rather than how do we reform the budget? At the […]
On March 1 2017, the European Commission set out a White Paper on the Future of Europe. There was none of the fierce debate that might have been expected after the UK’s Brexit vote and application to leave: the European Union simply remained trapped in its daily routine. Brexit negotiations, the row about refugee quotas […]