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Why this Friday will be Black for Amazon in Italy

Up to 4,000 workers at Amazon’s despatch centre at Piacenza in northern Italy will be striking for better pay and conditions on Black Friday. In addition, the workers organised by the unions Tertiary Ugl, Fisascat-Cisl, Filcams-Cgil, and Uiltucs-Uil decided on an overtime ban until 31 December, hitting Christmas shopping. Amazon’s strong growth justifies a more … Continue reading

Wealth inequality in Spain deepens as poorest get poorer and corporate profits soar, new figures show

An analysis of tax data in Spain shows how austerity and labour market counter-reforms have slashed the wage share of the country’s wealth to new lows while corporate profits have soared. The findings by economist Gabriel Flores published in online newspaper Nueva Tribuna are: Labour income has declined as a proportion of GDP from 50% … Continue reading

Why workers need a pay rise: View from Spain

To overcome economic crisis Spain needs an economic policy aimed at raising wages, among other measures. Just the opposite of the policy applied by the Popular Party, recommended by the Bank of Spain and imposed from the EU Troika, argues Fernando Luengo* For reasons of equity. It is not fair that the costs of the economic … Continue reading

Are French workers paid too much?

France’s jobs market is too ‘rigid’ and must be reformed to boost growth and employment, Brussels and international agencies like the OECD* endlessly repeat, and hawkish PM Valls has been only too happy to oblige. But new evidence challenges this assertion, shows French economist Arnaud Parienty. The “structural reforms” that Brussels asks France mainly consist … Continue reading

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