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The results of researching social mobility in Europe were presented and associated problems and possible solutions were discussed during a high-level event organised by the European Parliamentary Research Service. It was acknowledged that social status and education in Europe are still inherited.

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On 6th November 2019, the Social Protection Committee published its Annual Report on the social situation in Europe. The Committee, which consists of representatives of Member States and the Commission, advises the Council for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) and provides comprehensive analyses regarding the social security of citizens in Europe. 

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Poor and Unemployed? European Answers Needed!

The Brussels liaison offices of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), the Austrian Chamber of Labour (AK EUROPA) and the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) cordially invite you to the following event:

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Last week, on 21.10.2019, the time had come again: Equal Pay Day in Austria and thereby the day, which depicts symbolically the pay gaps between women and men. In statistical terms, from 21st October to the end of the year women compared to men, will work for free – for a period of exactly 72 days.

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The EU wants to use the European Semester to better coordinate the economic policy of Member States in order to be more effectively equipped against economic crises. In order to make in particular the euro states more competitive, the European Commission proposed in July 2019 an additional governance framework, which shall set the reform and investment priorities for the Eurozone. However, from the AK EUROPA’s point of view, this proposal goes into the wrong direction.

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The European Union is founded on the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law. Effective protection against discrimination and the promotion of equal opportunities is therefore a mainstay of European policies. However, a recent study on discrimination in Austria confirms yet again that discrimination is a widespread phenomenon: Almost half (43 %) of the respondents stated having experienced discrimination at least once in the course of the last three years.

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The creation of a European Labour Authority (ELA), which shall help to intensify the fight against cross-border wage and social dumping, had been a major concern for the Chamber of Labour. On 16th October the authority took up its work with an opening ceremony attended by Commission President Juncker and a first public meeting of its Management Board. However, the authority must first pass its field test.

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On 16.10.2019, AK EUROPA and ÖGB Europabüro invited to an event on anti-discrimination. The event centred around a study on discrimination in Austria, commissioned by AK Vienna. The appointment of the Commissioner-designate for Equality, Helena Dalli, gave yet another reason to debate political and legislative measures against discrimination at EU level.

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AK EUROPA and ÖGB Europabüro cordially invite you to the following event:

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“Rights for People, Rules for Corporations - Stop ISDS!” - join us in supporting the European campaign!