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The Road to Rome

Sunday 17 January 2016

By Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary Political and technological forces are threatening workers’ rights all over Europe. The European Commission is pushing the EU in an increasingly neoliberal direction, through initiatives such as the “Better Regulation Agenda” and is increasingly effective in its anti-worker agenda. President Juncker’s team seems set on creating an EU which put…

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As good as it gets?

Monday 11 January 2016

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa Across Europe, wealth and income inequality is rising. The top 10% are getting richer whilst the bottom 40% are stuck in a standstill if not getting poorer by the day. At the same time, and making it even worse, new forms of employment are spreading…

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The Amorality of the Sharing Economy

Wednesday 16 December 2015

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa Recently, I have held quite a few speeches on the sharing economy, or rather on the amorality of the sharing economy and the new forms of employment we see are on the rise: bogus self-employment, zero-hour contracts to name just two. The sharing economy, marketed…

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Quantitative targets and member state irresponsibility

Tuesday 1 December 2015

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa On 26 November 2015, First-Vice President of the EU Commission Timmermans, received a letter signed by 19 EU member states. In it, the member states praise Mr Timmermans’ Better Regulation agenda and its focus on competitiveness, on the removal of ‘unnecessary burdens’ and on the…

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Rise of the Machines: Robots and the New World of Work

Tuesday 24 November 2015

By Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union General Secretary In 1913 a man named Ford rigged up the first automotive assembly line so he could mass produce his innovative Model T car. A little over a century later, another man named Ford is warning of how automation could lead to an unemployment crisis the likes of…

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