Member states must broaden collective bargaining rights to include platform workers, extend paid sick leave and carers’ leave, and be afforded fiscal flexibility during the crisis under sweeping measures from rapporteur José Gusmão (Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal) approved by the European Parliament today. 

Part of the EU Employment Guidelines, Gusmão’s adopted text demands that only companies that are not registered in tax havens, that respect the applicable collective agreements, and that do not pay dividends or bonuses can apply for financial assistance from the SURE mechanism. 

Other measures under the comprehensive guidelines aimed at combating poverty include wage subsidies, income support, arrangements to work from home...

Millions of workers in the tourism and catering sector, as well as many more working in related activities, have been hit hard on their income and labor rights, after the spread of COVID-19 pandemic around the world, since the beginning of 2020.

It is now clear that tourism, which accounts for 29% of global exports of services and 7% of total exports, remains a very expensive and highly...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel set out the priorities of the German Presidency of the EU Council today in the European Parliament.

Reacting to Merkel’s speech, GUE/NGL co-President Martin Schirdewan said her presidency would be judged by how it manages the economic and social fallout from COVID19.

Schirdewan said people were tired of member states arguing over the recovery plan and called...

A failure to reach political majority in the European Parliament today means that next week’s plenary debate on Turkey’s violation in Greek & Cypriot waters will take place without a resolution.

However, the right-wing EPP group has singled out the GUE/NGL group by specifically accusing them of blocking a resolution on Turkey’s aggression. The charge is wholly unfounded. This is a shockingly...

GUE/NGL statement on the WHO General Assembly’s ‘Costa Rica Plan’

Intellectual property and patent rights are threatening many countries’ access to medicines and vaccines for treating Covid-19 – especially the poorest ones. Such rights cover both products and technologies (medicinal drugs, vaccines, etc.), which mean once a life-saving drug or vaccine is discovered, large parts of the world’s...

Following yesterday’s Franco-German proposal for a €500bn EU recovery fund through shared borrowing in the financial markets, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament said that while this represents a qualitative change from past proposals, it is largely insufficient given the magnitude of the challenge. 

Manon Aubry

“The amount proposed by France and Germany...

Statement by Manon Aubry and Martin Schirdewan, Co-Presidents of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament and Tiny Kox, President of the European Left group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The best way to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society is to strengthen organised solidarity and protect fundamental rights throughout Europe.

Everywhere in...

The European Parliament needs clearly defined red lines from which to walk away from EU long-term budget negotiations with the Council, which the resolution approved today has failed to establish, Left MEPs have contended.

The resolution, which also addresses a Recovery Plan for the pandemic, rightly rejects the Commission and Council’s attempt to exclude the Parliament from oversight of the...

As nations grapple with ways to contain the Covid-19 pandemic whilst trying to start reopening our economies, schools and borders, many government have sought to use technology as a way beat the pandemic.

In some parts of the world, ‘contact tracing’ apps have already been in place for some time whereby citizens either voluntarily or involuntarily download an app onto their smartphones...

A Sustainable Development and Employment Pact and an ECB that works for people and the planet are among the proposals for a post-pandemic Europe the Left group in the European Parliament is presenting today. 

Titled ‘Solidarity is the Cure’, the plan recognises the unprecedented nature of the health, economic and social crisis facing the EU today while taking stock of the mistakes committed...

The European Network Against Commercialization and Privatization of Health and Social Protection and the People’s Health Movement welcomed the convergence of 160 organisations across Europe under the motto "Let’s spread solidarity not the virus" on the occasion of the day of action against the commercialisation of health on 7 April.

Despite being confined to their homes, hundreds of people...

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