One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power

by Costas Lapavitsas Today marks a year since a radical left government was elected in Greece; its dynamic young prime minster, Alexis Tsipras, promising a decisive blow against austerity. Yanis Varoufakis, his unconventional finance minister, arrived in London soon after and caused a media sensation. Here was a government that disregarded stuffy bourgeois conventions and… More One Year on, Syriza has sold its soul for power

Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

From EuroActiv Athens had secured a funding deal with China during the crucial negotiations with its creditors last summer. But a phone call from Berlin to Beijing killed it, Yanis Varoufakis disclosed on Tuesday (19 January). EurActiv Greece reports. In an interview with Skai TV, Varoufakis admitted that there was a “Plan X” in the event of… More Varoufakis: China was ready to support Greece, but Berlin killed the deal

Germany: Refugees today, the exploited workers of tomorrow? – Equal Times

Wajdi arrived in Germany a few months ago. He had studied law in Syria. But he was not able to bring his diplomas with him. The only things he still has with him from his home country after his long journey across Europe are his passport and his smartphone. Over a million migrants and asylum… More Germany: Refugees today, the exploited workers of tomorrow? – Equal Times

French labour code reform: towards more precarious employment? – Equal Times

On 4 November 2015, France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, launched a reform of the labour law. The two main objectives are to revise the entire labour code and to give company-level agreements a central role, against a background marked by unemployment reaching 10.6 per cent of the active population in November 2015. In absolute… More French labour code reform: towards more precarious employment? – Equal Times

Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

As the success of Spain’s upstart anti-austerity party shakes the country’s two-party system, the most likely outcome for ailing social democrats is a fusion with liberal conservatives Source: Podemos: how Europe’s political centre is being eaten by the radical left and nationalist right | Opinion | The Guardian

What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?

On 20 December, general elections will be held in Spain, amidst a climate marked by the fallout of the Paris attacks and the pro-independence debate in Catalonia, with a profusion of televised debates but no more than superficial coverage of the parties’ election manifestos. The People’s Party (PP) is presenting the fall in the number… More What are political parties offering workers in the Spanish elections?

Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

It is Saturday afternoon and the Christmas market in Hénin-Beaumont is deserted. A light rain is falling on the town, adding a layer of sadness to the place. In front of the town hall, on Place Jean-Jaurès, the PCF (French Communist Party) office has closed its shutters. A small notice pasted to the door urges… More Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

Portugal: austerity interrupted…but for how long?

Last month, nationwide anti-austerity protests in Portugal turned into celebration when the country’s centre-right government, victorious in national elections, saw its programme rejected in Parliament. The torch was passed to a leftist coalition promising to reverse years of painful austerity. “Inside defeated, outside, rejected!” supporters shouted, broad smiles on their faces as they witnessed Prime… More Portugal: austerity interrupted…but for how long?

Weakening Employment Protection in Greece and Portugal

One of the stated goals of austerity in Southern Europe is to weaken the employment protection that is characteristic of the so-called ‘Mediterranean model’ of capitalism. Employment protect refers to labour market ‘rigidities’ such as legislation that makes it difficult for employers to engage in collective or individual dismissals. Given the underdevelopment of Mediterranean welfare… More Weakening Employment Protection in Greece and Portugal

Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents

The number of workplace accidents registered in Spain during the first six months of 2015 grew by almost 7 per cent in comparison to 2014. As many as 218,019 “minor” accidents were reported, 13,577 more than during the same period last year, along with 1,593 “serious” accidents, one more than at the same period last… More Spain: precarious employment fuels rise in occupational accidents

Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece

A few charts from the Eurofound website provides an insightful glimpse into the conditions of workers in Greece in the context of austerity. The first chart, taken from Eurofound, demonstrates the trajectory of labour costs and labour productivity in Greece up to and during the crisis. The data indicates a significant divergence of labour costs… More Some Charts on the Conditions of Labour in Greece