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Europe needs a pay rise and young Europeans need jobs

Steve Coulter of the European Trade Union Institute cautions that improving growth figures in the European Union mask widening regional disparities in GDP per head and real wages, while many of the jobs that have been created are part time and/or precarious. Action to sustain the modest recovery and share out its spoils should go beyond sustaining demand – […]

Working the phones – undercover in a call centre

Jamie Woodcock of the LSE recalls  his experience of working undercover in a UK call centre, which provides a window into a workplace dictated by control and surveillance

For the purpose of  my new book, Working the Phones, I spent six months  undercover in a UK call centre . The focus of the research was to understand questions of control […]

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    The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

The European Pillar of Social Rights in historical perspective

Philippe Pochet of the European Trade Union Institute has some advice for the European Union as it mounts one of its periodic attempts to recast the Social Union. He urges the EU to rebalance social and economic concerns by mounting an ambitious social programme The ambition and the potential role of the European Pillar of Social Rights in the development […]