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A Force for Fairness – How could the EU Combat Inequality in Britain?

Wednesday 15 April 2015
6:30pm

The Wesley Hotel
81-103 Euston Street
NW1 2EZ

RSVP: luke.hildyard@highpaycentre.org

Politicians from all parties are committed to changing the terms of Britain's membership of the European Union. Influential eurosceptic lobbyists have demanded the 're-patriation of EU social and employment legislation' and 'protection for the City of London.'

If the eurosceptics are successful, this could mean the abolition of key rights for UK workers' guaranteed by EU minimum standards - such as the right to paid holiday or paid maternity leave - and the end to popular EU curbs on the pay of UK bankers. Yet the implications of these proposals and the level of public support they enjoy have not been widely debated.

At the same time, economic inequality is rising in countries across Europe, partly as a result of common factors. Many commentators have argued that more co-operation is needed at international level to prevent tax avoidance, extreme wealth concentration and a race to the bottom on pay and working conditions.

Join the High Pay Centre and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London to discuss our new report analysing the potential role for the European Union in addressing economic inequality, based on new public polling conducted by ICM on behalf of the High Pay Centre. 

The report and discussion will cover questions including:

Speakers include:

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.  Please email luke.hildyard@highpaycentre.org to reserve your place.  The discussion will be followed by a wine and canapes reception. 

Posted on 27 March 2015

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