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For the establishment of a European Child Union

By Brando Benifei / 20 November, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on the most vulnerable groups of society – and that are, often, children. In 2018 the situation was already unacceptable, with over 23 million children at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The current pandemic only exacerbates the situation. In particular, the...

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#MeToo, the women’s revolution in need of progressive male ‘knights’s to transform the world

By isabella lenarduzzi / 7 August, 2018

For the last six months, not a week has gone by without there being a ‘victim’ of the #MeToo movement.At the time of writing, we are witnessing the Nobel Prize for literature being cancelled, six of the top leaders of Nike leaving the sports clothing company, Bill Cosby finally being...

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EU’s working conditions’ proposals good but more needs to be done

By Agnes Jongerius / 10 July, 2018

Interview An interview by Alain Bloëdt, Editor-in-Chief of The Progressive Post with MEP Agnes Jongerius on the issue of workers’ conditions in the 21st century in the context of the Commission’s legislative proposals for more transparent and predictable working conditions. The exponential growth of online platforms like Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon...

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The benefits of having a statutory minimum wage

By Remi Bazillier / 9 July, 2018

In an interview with the Progressive Post Editor-in-Chief Alain Bloëdt, economist Rémi Bazillier explains what he sees as the advantages of having a statutory minimum wage as well as the arguments against the minimum wage and argues that every EU country should have a minimum wage. Progressive Post: Why is...

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A way forward for minimum wages in the EU

By Guillaume Balas / 9 July, 2018

Setting minimum wages is a way to head off the ongoing threat of economic, tax and social dumping within the European Union. Guillaume Balas sets out some of the options that policymakers should take on board.   The European Union continues to face major economic and social challenges which have...

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A European system of minimum wages for equality-led development

By Ozlem Onaran / 9 July, 2018

A European system of minimum wages can help bring people out of poverty as well as contribute to equality, higher productivity and healthier public sector budgets.   Establishing a sufficiently high statutory minimum wage is one of the most effective policy tools to tackle the worrisome growth of in-work poverty....

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The need for a european unemployment insurance

By Sebastian Dullien / 5 July, 2018

In this issue, former EU Commissioner László Andor has once again made a powerful plea for the introduction of a European unemployment insurance to stabilize the euro as Europe’s single currency and to provide the European Union with a fresh social impetus. Yet despite him having pushed the argument now...

A gender power battle to bring equality into the labour market is underway

By Paola Panzeri / 21 June, 2018

The #Metoo movement unveiled a reality that most of us were afraid to admit but somehow all had experience of: in order to work, women have to respond to extra demands and be silent about it. From signing (illegal) dismissal letters in case of pregnancy to being asked during a...

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The EU law on transparent and predictable working conditions is positive

By Frank Lorenz / 21 June, 2018

Until now, the Written Statement Directive has led rather a shadowy life. Things are changing now! The appeal of combining an approach setting EU wide minimum requirements for employment contracts as the EU revises the existing Written Statement Directive is obvious. Looking at the issues in the German context, Dr...

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Alternatives scenarios for Europe to address Brexit shock

By Agnes Jongerius / 2 March, 2018

The European Commission has been spurred into action and published proposals on a so-called “European Pillar of Social Rights”, as well as a discussion piece on possible scenarios for the EU’s future. Laudable attempts to launch a broad and all-encompassing debate on where we want this Union to go. The...

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