Category Archives: European Union

European court to rule on UK discrimination law

A bid to change religious discrimination law in the UK has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights today. Four Christians who had complaints of religious discrimination against their employers rejected by employment tribunals and courts in the … Continue reading

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UK pilots claim ‘victory’ over BA on holiday pay

UK pilots have claimed a “huge victory” after a European court ruled British Airways should base holiday pay on overall earnings not just basic pay. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) said the European Court of Justice verdict would affect … Continue reading

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Migrants hold fifth of low-skilled UK jobs according to ONS

The number of low-skilled workers born outside the UK more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that almost 20% of low-skilled jobs are held by workers born abroad, up from … Continue reading

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French workforce on strike because of ‘Anglo Saxon imperialist’ management

Some 184 staff at Thermal Ceramics, in Saint-Marcellin-en-Forez, in the Loire Valley, are staging walkouts every day. “We say ‘hello’ in French but then communication stops,” said workers’ representative Thierry Juvin, adding that “every meeting is an ordeal.” He said workers at … Continue reading

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Spanish fathers entitled to breastfeeding leave

Europe’s top court has declared that working fathers in Spain are entitled to take ‘breastfeeding leave’ every day, even if the mother of the child is not working. The new legislation means that both the mother and father are allowed … Continue reading

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The horrible truth starts to dawn on Europe’s leaders

The entire European Project is now at risk of disintegration, with strategic and economic consequences that are very hard to predict. In a speech this morning, EU President Herman Van Rompuy (poet, and writer of Japanese and Latin verse) warned … Continue reading

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Ireland tells Europe not to panic

Ireland’s European partners are urging the debt-stricken nation to seek immediate assistance from an international rescue fund to resolve its financial problems and avoid a repeat of the Greek sovereign debt crisis that almost destroyed the euro earlier this year. … Continue reading

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French bill to raise retirement age becomes law

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s reform raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 became law today after months of protests by unions. The law was published in the government’s Journal Official, meaning President Sarkozy has signed it and it has … Continue reading

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UK forced to pay more for EU membership

David Cameron will be forced to accept a sizeable increase in Britain’s contribution to European Union spending just days after calling for it to be frozen or even cut. The Prime Minister heads to Brussels today for testing talks with … Continue reading

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