It is nice to see that Compass has decided to campaign for an end legal loan sharking. I have blogged about this particular issue about a year ago and also suggested at a FEPS meeting that this is something that should be banned everywhere the single market. Britain is particularly bad for this sort of […]
Our blogs are short commentaries on current affairs issues.
Ok, the headline is exaggerating the EU’s problems and I certainly don’t want it to die. But the headline is meant to attract your attention to a very real issue that has the potential to send the Union into terminal decline: the complete lack of any European identity or ambition of any of Europe’s political leaders. Gary Titley has […]
Has the financial and economic crisis changed things—sadly not! If anything, Eurozone governance has taken a turn for the worse. The deficit hawks have grown bigger and bolder. Egged on by the Greek experience, most Brussels economists seem to believe that budgets must be balanced at whatever cost.
In most EU member states, social dialogue between trade unions and employers is an essential feature of the democratic process. Trade unions and employers negotiate pay and working conditions, and, in some countries, they also have a say in social security arrangements or have key roles in other areas. They help government manage the economy, […]
Ok, there is an argument to be made about how and why some of these US billionaires who have now pledged to give the majority of their personal wealth to charity have become so rich. But on a personal level it is a remarkable move to make and given the sums involved in this unprecedented […]
Euractiv reported about a new Franco-German declaration to the task force charged with working up a mechanism of economic governance for the EU/Eurozone. Completely ignorant about the ongoing debates about how counterproductive early fiscal austerity could be the document states: Member States would be expected to enact national laws that formalise the public finance recovery […]
The Pew Global Attitudes Project has recently published a very interesting piece of research investigating attitudes towards the full Islamic veil. The results show a remarkable difference between Europeans and US citizens. Even though Damian Green, the UK immigration minister, says a ban of the Burka would be “un-British” the vast majority of Brits seem […]
The system of industrial relations in the UK is traditionally characterised by voluntary relations between the social partners, with a minimal level of interference from the state. Since 1979 there has been a shift to increased legal restrictions on trade unions combined with legally established employment rights, mainly as a result of EU directives. Today […]
I have been following the debates on crisis economics for quite some time now. Especially the discussion about austerity packages and fiscal consolidation versus a more expansionary fiscal policy to make sure the fragile economic recovery is not choked off is one of the key debates of our time. Get it wrong and millions of […]
Austerity measures from various European Governments in the midst of the deepest economic crisis of the last 80 years include drastic wage cuts for employees. Could this mark the end of coordinated collective bargaining of European Trade Unions? Prior to the introduction of European monetary union, from the mid 90s the European trade unions had […]
It occasionally is rewarding to think of ideal solutions to current crises rather than of outcomes dictated by evident and immediate constraints. It is rewarding because it invariably teaches us humility about our current political capacities – and because, even in that lesson, we may find new ways of looking at our situation. I designate […]
The Polish Labour Code (Chapter XI of Act of 26 June 1974) provides legal regulations for collective bargaining in Poland at two levels. The company agreements are negotiated between an employer or one or more regional trade union organisations at company level. The company level remains the predominant level of collective negotiations in Poland. According […]