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European bloc not considering joining China's Belt and Road plans
EU officials told EURACTIV.com that "the EU position has not changed". The bloc decided not to become a member when the massive plan was presented more than five years ago. Member states are free to join individually, as nearly half of them have already done.
OpEd | Silk roads
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's presence at the Belt and Road Initiative Forum in Beijing Friday and Saturday, in addition to Greece's joining the initiative of 16 countries of Eastern and Southeastern countries with strong relations with China, shows how far Greece has come since 2009. That was when China's state-owned Cosco [!] took over part of Piraeus's [!] container port. That initiative by a New Democracy [!] government was opposed bitterly by other parties and vested interests. However, despite the obstacles that they set up, PASOK and SYRIZA contributed toward a closer relationship with China.
Leaders from 37 countries to attend second Belt and Road forum in Beijing
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Friday that apart from the 37 state and government heads, the Apr. 25-27 event will also be attended by representatives of up to 150 countries and international organizations, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde.

Among the presidents or prime ministers likely to attend are from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Russia, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Philippines, Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Many western countries won't send their top leaders to attend the meeting. These include the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Australia or Spain.

Hammond says Britain [finance industry] a good Belt & Road partner

LEAK: Europe puts pressure on Beijing ahead of EU-China summit
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 07:50:13 PM EST
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Swiss labour leader declares draft EU treaty 'dead'
"'This text is dead,' SGB head Pierre-Yves Maillard told the NZZ am Sonntag paper, saying labour could never accept diluting Swiss rules that protect Europe's highest wages from cross-border competition or subjecting the rules to EU judges' review."
Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands
"The pilots' negotiations, which started in March, are mainly about salary increases and working hours. Details have not been released but the [SAS Pilot Group] says it wants salaries to be in line with the market rate, while SAS negotiators have called the requests 'unreasonable and extreme.'

"Jacob Pedersen, an analyst with Denmark's Sydbank, says the pilots want their share of company earnings after the carrier posted a profit in the past four years following a cost saving program that started in 2012.."
["]Consultants["] warn of industrial action over two-tier pay
"New specialists that have been appointed since late 2012 get lower pay. Addressing the conference, Minister for Health Simon Harris said that a process will be established to deal with the issue. ...[Dr Padraig McGarry] said the continuation of the pay differential was 'a key factor in explaining why 500 consultant posts in Ireland are vacant and patients are  being forced to  wait unacceptable lengths of time to  see a consultant'"
MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

"Combating social dumping [?!] requires real coordination at EU level," said socialist MEP Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy. "This body will help make Europe's labour market fairer by combating fraud and abuse and by enabling citizen mobility," she added.
The European Labour Authority, which should be set up in 2019 with more than 100 staff, should make it possible to respond - at least in part - to this problem. It would support the fight against fraud, in particular by promoting coordination between the EU member states' various labour inspection systems.
gee. that's strange.
In the EU Court of Auditors' annual report, the question of the status of workers posted abroad is not presented as problematic in itself. But abuses are difficult [!] for control services to grasp because concerned [!] foreign companies refuse to cooperate and assistance from countries of origin [!] is also difficult to obtain.

archived "Amazon of airlines"
Europa, wo bleibt die Mitbestimmung, A/V (DE)
Nurses' strike to go ahead after talks fail
Europe creates labour watchdog to fight against ["]abuses["]
German Amazon workers take pre-Christmas strike action
EU orders Ryanair to meet European rules on local contracts
Employee activism in this sphere is a direct result of defects in Art. 153
Lemmesee: base-cut, two-tier compensation structure? I bet they fell for it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 06:17:07 PM EST
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