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EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Talks between EU member states and MEPs on a directive that would limit the working week across the 27-nation bloc to 48 hours did not lead to an agreement on Thursday (2 April), reducing the chances of the legislation being adopted at all.

"An exhaustive round of negotiations between the EU member states and the European Parliament, which ended in the small hours of Thursday, did not result in an agreement on the five-year-old proposal," the Czech EU presidency said in a press release.

EU social affairs commissioner Vladimir Spidla said that the commission had done "its utmost to help both the European Parliament and the Council [the EU member states] reconcile the differences in their views."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:54:10 PM EST
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Very disappointing, especially in a recession where people are taking cuts to their hours to keep their jobs and the long hours culture is still acceptable with policy makers.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:54:57 PM EST
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Must keep flexible to escape recession. Don't you know anything?

It's like escapology.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:22:16 PM EST
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Keep women on part time, casual, insecure and low paid contracts and sack them when the going gets tough?

Flexi without the curity.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:26:36 PM EST
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Think of it as throwing off the chains that bind you.

 All hail freedom! Freedom from the cares of wealth! Freedom from working out what to do you your free time! Freedom from your family, who you never have to see working three jobs to feed them!

Workers of the world, cast off the chains of regulation, you have nothing to lose but your health!

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:30:31 PM EST
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Why stop with Women?
by paving on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 04:55:21 PM EST
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No reason not to include men who work low paid and insecure jobs but my point really is that the money going into saving the world from recession is not being distributed in a gender neutral way.  Women are proportionally much more likely to be in the low paid, insecure jobs than men are, and women are not paid fairly for doing the same work as a man, hence the gender pay gap.  Women are also more likely to hold multiple part time casual contracts than men are and increasingly families (single parent or otherwise) rely on the woman's income to keep them out of poverty.  
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 05:42:22 PM EST
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Does anyone have secure jobs any more?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 07:50:53 PM EST
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Why, of course!  Whores of the ruling elite!  There everywhere!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 09:51:02 PM EST
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Keep women on part time, casual, insecure and low paid contracts and sack them when the going gets tough?

What is really perverse about this is the founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, discovered.  If you give women economic power, i.e., a micro-credit loan, they use it to raise the nutrition level of family meals, send the children to school, and do other things to increase the living standard of their family.  If they give the loans to men they piss it away.

Number of reasons for this and it certainly doesn't hold in any individual case.  Principal is sound, however.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 12:48:35 AM EST
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... but what about interest?

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 04:08:49 AM EST
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