The next European Parliament elections will take place on Thursday 4 June 2009, to choose the UK’s 72 MEPs. Why does this matter to us? We are a member of the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) and support it’s call on MEPs to push for
- an adequate income of all
- commit to decent and adequate work policies to be at the centre of European Employment strategies, in particular ensuring a decent wage and a focus on the working poor
- focus on a social economy; inclusive entrepreneurship as a means for job creation for those furthest away from the labour market targeted at EU employment policies and Structural Funds Spending.
MEPs decide whether to strengthen or weaken the social agenda in Europe – will the lives of poorer and more vulnerable people in the UK and the rest of Europe be improved or made worse by our MEP? We aim to influence MEPs in preparation for the 2010 activity.
Eurofound, The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, which is set up by the European Council is working to improve planning and design of working conditions across the EU.
They are gathering case studies for a comparative report of 27 countries about measures to tackle undeclared work in the EU.
Community Links is working with Warwick University Industrial Relations Research Unit to provide a case study of what the government is doing about undeclared work here in the UK.
Two of their reports about the UK reference publications we’ve produced about different aspects of the informal economy. Check out: ‘Test-Trading Scheme in the UK‘ and ‘Street (UK)‘, (with whom we wrote ‘Self-employed people in the informal economy: Cheats or Contributors?‘)
International Labor Video: Unions and the Informal Economy