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