Social inequality worsening in European Union

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Series Details 6.3.12
Publication Date 06/03/2012
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A new study launched on 5 March 2012 by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) presented growing forms of social inequality in all EU member states. The report said that this worrying trend was the result of long-term policy choices for market liberalism and the prioritisation of harsh austerity programmes as a result of the financial and fiscal crisis post-2008.

The Benchmarking Working Europe 2012 report saw rising inequalities also happening in traditionally more 'egalitarian' societies and points to a reversal of historical trends for poor(er) EU regions to catch up and converge with rich(er) ones. The report also criticised that an increasing number of workers (in particular young workers) were getting trapped in insecure and sub-standard contracts.

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ETUI: Benchmarking Working Europe 2012

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