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EUROPE ON THE EDGE: Macron to Spark EU Rupture as He Cracks Down on Cheap Eastern Workers

  • EUROPE ON THE EDGE: Macron to Spark EU Rupture as He Cracks Down on Cheap Eastern Workers
    by ALIX CULBERTSON, http://www.express.co.uk/
    EMMANUEL Macron is fuelling a major east-west split in the European Union as he pushes for rules to protect French workers from “unfair” labour competition from eastern states.

    The flailing French president has pledged to counter “social dumping” in France in which companies employ cheaper labour from the poorer eastern European states, threatening French workers’ jobs, an official said.

    EU states are divided on rules under which, for example, a Bulgarian truck driver or a Lithuanian bricklayer can work in France for a limited time for the eastern European wage, often below the minimum level guaranteed in wealthy western Europe.

    Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic say they should be allowed to compete on lower prices – just as more developed western EU nations compete on quality products and know-how – to catch up after decades of communist stagnation. The dispute is shaping up as one of the most contentious issues facing the bloc, exacerbating an east-west rift as it seeks unity to tackle Brexit.

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August 9, 2017 - Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , ,

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