finance

Scotland bans rent increases and stops evictions

Rent prices are being frozen in Scotland until at least March 2023 – evictions are also to be suspended. The Scottish First Minister sees the cost of living crisis as a “danger to life” and demands an energy price cap from London. This is a “humanitarian emergency”, says Scottish First […]

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“Work will pay again”: EU directive for adequate minimum wage

The EU Parliament agrees on the new directive for an adequate minimum wage. In the future, the cost of living, purchasing power, general economic growth, and the wage structure of an EU member state will be used as benchmarks for the national minimum wage. The new directive obliges EU member […]

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Greece: Energy companies must give up 90 percent of their extra profits to cover electricity costs for citizens

Energy and power companies are among the biggest beneficiaries of the current crisis. Bills are skyrocketing for the population, while energy suppliers are making billions in profits. In Greece, energy companies must now pay 90 percent of their excessive crisis profits to the state. The conservative government wants to use […]

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Price limits, vouchers, and tax cuts: Unlike Austria, most governments are trying to fight inflation

Energy prices are going through the roof. But for the first time, the Austrian government did not decide on anything at the energy summit. Many other European governments have already taken measures against inflation in the summer and are now extending them—relatively unattached to the ruling party’s colour. Whether Orbán […]

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EU-Commission: Platforms like Uber, Mjam, and others should hire employees

Digital platforms profit from the self-exploitation and bogus self-employment of their “employees”. The EU Commission is now proposing guidelines for European countries to prevent this. The aim is to control working conditions with the aim of employing suppliers and other bogus self-employed workers. What is the problem? – Bogus self-employment […]

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Icelandic explorer Haraldsson: “We should have a goal of 30 workhours per week as a society”

The world’s largest nationwide attempt to reduce working hours has made international headlines – that’s how positive the results in Iceland were. The study showed: Reducing working hours while maintaining full pay makes workers happier, healthier, and more productive – and pays off economically. Kontrast has spoken to one of the co-authors […]

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