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?