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Gender pay gap: The venom is in the tail(s)

By Janna Besamusca / 6 March, 2020

The persistent gender pay gap is increasingly difficult to explain. In the past, it was mostly due to women’s lower educational qualifications and shorter work experience. Today however, only about a third of the gap is due to women working in lower paid occupations or sectors. As knowledge is empowering,...

Time for Pay Transparency

By Esther Lynch / 6 March, 2020

Despite years of fighting for equality, women in the EU still earn considerably less than men. One of the reasons is gender pay secrecy. EC President von der Leyen promised to bring forward an initiative on pay transparency, which could be a real game changer. So far however, the results...

“We are calling for a new and ambitious strategy for women’s rights and gender equality in Europe”

By Maria Noichl / 4 March, 2020

The European Commission has just launched its much-awaited Gender Equality Strategy on the 5th of March, setting the tone for its actions on gender equality in the 2020-2025 period. The Strategy places a strong focus on achieving a “gender equal Europe where gender-based violence, sex discrimination and structural inequality between women an men are thing of the past”. ...

EU minimum wage – why now?

By László Andor / 7 February, 2020

Ten years after the launch of the Europe 2020 strategy, we can observe that poverty has not been substantially reduced, but on the other hand, inequality has been on the rise in many EU Member States. The lack of adequate minimum wage increases, or coverage, is part of the problem....

From otherness to togetherness: a genuinely two-way road towards migrant inclusion

By Hedwig Giusto / 17 December, 2019

The highly intoxicated political discourse around migration of the last few years and the mostly security-oriented measures that have been adopted to tackle (or rather curtail) migration flows to Europe have led to neglect of the question of the integration of migrants into the host countries. Yet integration remains crucial...

From superficial multiculturalism to a ‘pedagogy of productive diversity’

By Eugenia Arvanitis / 17 December, 2019

The fabrication of a new European citizenry comes about through the responsiveness to and inclusiveness of diversity. This demands a more comprehensive effort to empower the entire social fabric to foster a strong intercultural awareness and responsiveness to the issues arising from the co-existence of citizens and non-citizens in modern societies. European...

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Continuing the fight for shorter working time

By Frances O'Grady / 10 December, 2019

Working time has always been a key battleground for working people and their trade unions. Now, as technology and the platform economy increasingly eat into workers’ personal time, a shorter working week is again necessary. A four-day week, without loss of pay, is one of our ambitions! The demand for...

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It’s time for a 4 days working week!

By Aidan Harper / 10 December, 2019

A shorter working week has always been central to the labour movement. With the rapidly approaching tipping point towards climate breakdown and the automation of many work processes, steered by new technologies like AI, the issue is back to the forefront of progressive politics! The eight-hour day and the two-day...

Did sexuality education become instrumentalised in Polish politics?

By Anna Pacześniak / 25 November, 2019

The draft law to amend the Polish Penal Code aimed to introduce a ban on the “demoralisation and sexuality of children”, and de factoa ban on reliable sexual education, are the cuckoo’s egg of the electoral campaign. Extremist ultra-Catholic circles pushed it to the conservative and national Law and Justice party...

Jail sentence for talking about sex in Poland

By Anka Grzywacz / 25 November, 2019

While many European countries are liberalising their restrictive laws on sexual and reproductive health, Poland is moving in the ultraconservative direction. Far-right politicians from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) want to criminalise sexuality education through its newly proposed draft law. Anyone who provides sexuality education or even discusses it...

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