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🇪🇺 Why we need a European minimum wage
✍️ In this article Katren Rogers, Editor-in-Chief of Arbury Road, reflects on minimum wage, a topic which has recently been at the centre of the EU parliamentary activity.
🇪🇺 At the plenary session on Thursday 25th November, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to endorse the Employment and Social Affairs Committee recommendation for a European Directive on fair and adequate minimum wages. Proposed last year by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group), the directive would lay down a minimum requirement for wages of a ‘decent standard’ across the European Union, requiring Member States to assess and report on the level of their statutory wages, governed either by minimum wage legislation or collective bargaining agreements.
✊ Katren writes:
We welcome the action to promote a decent standard of living for all workers, but the current proposal does not go far enough. Much more is needed to reach the goal of fair and decent living standards throughout the European Union. In this article, I discuss why we need a minimum wage, what this new directive will achieve, and what else we need to realise the goal of fairer living standards across Europe.
➡️ We invite you to read the article to learn more. Now a piece of good news.
🇪🇬 Patrick Zaki has finally been released!
🇪🇬 After nearly 20 months in custody in #EGYPT #PatrickZaki has finally been released by the Egyptian court. The researcher had been arrested in Cairo in February 2020. While he is still on trial, this is a huge step towards justice. And great news for all those who are fighting to guarantee the respect of human rights in Egypt. A thought goes also to Giulio Regeni. In this moment, we feel he did not die in vain. We want to celebrate this with the picture of Zaki hugging his mum.
Homosexuality is banned at the 2022 FIFA World Cup just before HumanRightsDay 🇶🇦
🇶🇦 Remaining in the field of human rights we want to talk about a scandalous episode that happened last week in Qatar. LGBT+ people in Qatar have little choice but to hide their sexuality to fit into a society that widely regards homosexuality as a sin.
👎 After declaring the country a "gay-friendly" nation for the duration of the 2022 Fifa World Cup, the president of the organizing committee Asser Al-Khater added the caveat that the display of homosexuality will still not be allowed in the emirate, and that LGBT+ footballers "will be able to play, but they will have to respect our culture and that of neighbouring countries".
⚽️ UEFA and FIFA have long been corrupted, and here once again they are accepting the situation of hosting a World Cup in a country that does not respect human rights - for purely economic reasons.
🏳️🌈 Sexuality is not a matter of culture. It is a human right that has to be respected. And today, 10th of December, is also Human Rights Day. We will not invite people participating in the WorldCup to kiss each other because of Covid-19, but it is time to change these outdated institutions and bring them into the current century.
🎙 What's Left in the 21st century?
🎧 The last piece of content that we want to share with you this week is the new episode of our Arbury Road podcast. Arturo Bjørklund Winters, co-founder of Arbury Road and currently working at the European parliament, had a chat with Niels Fuglsang, Danish MEP of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and author of the popular podcast What's left?
They discussed: ✅ Where did the idea for Niels podcast What's left come from? ✅ How can the Socialist and Democrats alliance in Europe be revitalised? ✅ How do the delegations in the European Parliament work? ✅ What relationship should Europe have with China in the future?
➡️ We remind you that you can find our podcast on Spotify and on all the main podcast platforms using the anchor link: https://anchor.fm/arbury-road/episodes/Whats-Left-in-the-21st-century-e1bg7ts
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