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“Ten Points About Pay Transparency In Europe’s Companies” by Christine Aumayr-Pintar

Christine Aumayr-Pintar Measures to promote gender pay transparency haven’t been delivered yet in half of Europe – making EU level legislative action to speed up implementation an option. Here’s what we know about the measures from countries that have been early adopters. The aim of overcoming differences in pay between men and women has been in the DNA of the EU ever since its foundation. All Member States have agreed that equal work or work of equal value between men and women shall be paid the same. The latest – and most concrete – initiative at EU level to...

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“Free Movement And Migration: Labour’s Challenge” by Hywel Ceri Jones

Voiced by Amazon Polly Hywel Ceri Jones It is time to put the record straight and reject the false message that the EU provides the open door to unbridled free movement or that it prevents the UK or any other EU member state from deciding its own migration policy and system. In what was often a confusing and misleading UK referendum, I rarely heard discussion of the pros and cons of the EU’s internal market, or of its four core inter-related principles of free movement (capital, services, goods and workers).  What a difference of mood from the 1980s and...

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“Net Neutrality: Trump’s Deregulation Sets Digital Giants Free” by Giovanna de Minico

Giovanna de Minico The current querelle on net neutrality offers a telling example of how self-regulation could be the “evil” of the Internet rather than its “panacea” if it alone sets the rules. In this context, net neutrality is the duty imposed on Internet service providers (ISPs) to allow Internet content providers (ICPs) a non-discriminatory use of the net, regardless of their economic prowess, in order to permit net citizens to select their digital services regardless of bandwidth. Should the determination of such a conflict of interests (producers vs. producers, producers vs. consumers) be entrusted solely to the ISPs, neutrality...

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“The Future Of Europe – A Space For The Social Policy Avant-Garde” by Susanne Wixforth

Susanne Wixforth 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 and the issue of financing the EU budget clearly left little or no appetite for strategic questions on Europe’s future disposition. In December 2017, Europe’s future did indeed make it tentatively onto the agenda of the European Council but giving strategic direction...

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“Retooling Social Europe Via Charters Of Rights” by Maria Bafaloukou

Maria Bafaloukou The European Union’s fundamental goal, projected in the Lisbon Treaty, was to create a “social market economy” with a clear commitment to full employment, social protection, and effective anti-poverty policy. Although principles such as non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality are referred to in Article 1a (Treaty on European Union), the EU’s social status has been seriously undervalued during times of crisis. Hence, EU leaders are enjoined to reverse this outcome and deal with the critique that the Union lacks the proper legal instruments to promote a strong social agenda. Recently, the initiative of the President of...

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“Where Do We Stand With “More And Better” Jobs In Europe?” by Agnieszka Piasna

Agnieszka Piasna The European Union has gone a long way since the Lisbon Strategy of 2000 with its “more and better jobs” objective. In parallel with the Decent Work agenda of the ILO, job quality gained a firm ground in the EU policy debate. But 17 years after the Lisbon Strategy was adopted, it has hardly moved beyond the confines of that debate, still less transmuted into a concrete action plan or policy. There is still no agreed indicator and no concrete target for achieving job quality in European employment policy. It does not help that, among the policy...

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“Why The Rise Of The Robots Won’t Mean The End Of Work” by Vox Media

The scenario is a mainstay of science fiction: Humans engineer themselves into obsolescence, creating a vast class of unemployable people. In the optimistic scenario, we spend our time reading, painting, and enjoying each other. In the darker version, we sink into permanent poverty as the owners of the machines keep all the wealth to themselves. Every few decades this forecast pervades conversations about the future of work, and it’s always been wrong. Automation has ruined lives — it hasn’t ruined the labor market. We find ourselves in another era of automation anxiety right now. Futurists like Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, argue that the technology in development today is fundamentally different from everything that came before and will be substantially more disruptive. Silicon Valley executives are calling for a basic minimum income to support the workers they’re certain their inventions will displace. Economists tend to be much more skeptical. Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute dismisses fears of technological unemployment, pointing to data that suggests this particular scenario is nowhere in sight. Fortunately, we don’t need to divine the future of the labor market in order to prepare for it. And we don’t need to look beyond the current economic trends to see a society ill-prepared for whatever comes next. Originally published by Vox Media....

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“How To Rewrite The Rules Of Globalization” by Joseph Stiglitz

How did globalization create such discontent in developed and developing countries alike? Nobel laureate and INET grantee Joseph Stiglitz explains. Stiglitz says that a corporate-driven policy agenda and the distorted economic views bolstering them have deepened inequality and undermined social stability in regions across the world. Economic theory is actually much more qualified in its endorsement of free trade and efficient markets than policymakers made it out to be, he says. Looking ahead, anti-globalization movements and technological disruption represent a challenge to African countries in particular. Addressing it will require a multi-pronged approach that involves governments and the manufacturing, services, and agriculture...

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