Angry Bear compares the pensions given in different countries. In Luxembourg workers get 102% of their average pay. In Austria, Hungary, Spain and Turkey you get 75%.
We get 36-38%.
In parts of Europe the workweek is 35 hours. (“In 2001, France’s national planning agency found “indisputable” evidence that work-time reduction was creating vast numbers of new jobs, helping to bring unemployment down from 12.5 percent in 1997 to an eighteen-year low of 8.6 percent.”)
And what about vacations?
Many Americans, who have no legally-mandated right to paid vacations, suffer from “vacation deficit disorder.” A typical U.S. worker earns only 13.8 vacation days per year, while 22.5 million private sector workers have no paid vacation at all.
Across the Atlantic, the European Union (EU) Working Time Directive requires a minimum of four weeks paid leave each year for all employees, and several EU countries have five weeks (25 working days) of vacation by law. Dutch, German, and Italian workers have gained roughly 30 vacation days, on average, through collective bargaining.
In 1998, a national strike shut down Denmark over the demand for a sixth week of vacation, later phased-in through five additional paid leave days.
Now figure in free health care for everyone, paid parental leave, better working conditions and America’s increasing concentration of wealth and you just have to ask, Who is our economy FOR, anyway?
No wonder Republicans hate Europe. Europe is setting an example. All we have to do is see it.