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Nicol Gruber

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Benchmarking Working Europe puts workers’ concerns at the centre of its analysis and policy proposals. The four chapters tackle the areas of economic growth, labour market changes, wage developments and workers’ participation to provide a comprehensive picture of where we are today in the fight for a more socially equitable and just Europe.

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The report is an update of a set of labour market indices first developed and tested in 2010 in collaboration with experts of the Vienna Chamber of Labour (AK). The Austrian labour market is examined relative to the other 27 EU countries (including UK) according to the following key dimensions: overall labour market performance, participation of different groups of peo- ple, exclusion risks on the labour market, distribution of earnings and redistribution by the welfare state.

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Adi Buxbaum

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Together for affordable housing in Europe: Join us in supporting the European Citizens’ Initiative “Housing for All”!

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On 13th March 2019, the EU institutions reached an agreement on new regulations concerning cross-border company relocations in the EU. In this context, a necessary step has also been taken to combat tax avoidance and to safeguard the co-determination rights of employees.

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The current edition of the publication “Social policy in the European Union: State of play 2018” is focussing on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The question is raised to which extent it influences a European social policy and whether it would be able to promote the creation of a European Social Union. Further topics are social security, digitalization of the labour market, progress in occupational medicine as well as eco-social policies.

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The independent Annual Sustainable Economy Survey, which has been prepared by the Chamber of Labour in cooperation with several European research institutes, clearly shows: even though economic and social developments in the Eurozone have improved over recent years, environment development has not. Hence, it is obvious that the next Commission is required to take action.

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Against the background of initiated merger control proceedings by the European Commission and the anticipated sale of the Nidec plant in Fürstenfeld, 400 jobs might be lost. In a personal conversation with Cecilio Madero Villarejo, Deputy Director-General for Antitrust at the European Commission's Competition Directorate-General, AK Steiermark President Josef Pesserl has pressed for preserving the jobs at the Austrian location.