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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 279

Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

EU must prioritise fight against youth unemployment, homelessness and poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 luglio 2020

MEPs want social inclusion and people’s wellbeing at the heart of EU economic policies, with equal priority given to social, environmental and economic objectives.Parliament adopted a resolution to feed into the forthcoming EU Employment Guidelines on Friday with 550 votes in favour, 128 against and 10 abstentions, calling for radical measures to cushion the employment and social shock caused by the pandemic.Rapporteur José Gusmão (GUE/NGL, PT) said: “The report on the employment guidelines adopted today shows a complete reversal of the positions that have dominated the European institutions for many years. In a context in which the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are further aggravated by precarious employment relations and the deregulation of the labour market, this report proposes an alternative path that is as clear as it is urgent.“The fight against youth unemployment, homelessness and poverty must be prioritised through a reinforced Youth Guarantee, a strong Child Guarantee for tackling child poverty and the Housing First approach, the text says. MEPs insist that more efforts are needed to close the gender pay -, pension and employment gaps and that the gender impact of social and employment policies should be closely monitored.In light of the social and employment consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, and to strengthen the EU response to similar future crises, MEPs call for a revision of the EU Employment Guidelines, which underpin the country-specific recommendations of the European Semester.MEPs consider that the so-called ‘General escape clause’, that gives member states unprecedented fiscal flexibility to protect employment and finance public health and social services, has to reflect the scale and duration of the COVID-19 crisis.Only companies that are not registered in tax havens, that respect the applicable collective agreements and that do not pay dividends or bonuses should be allowed to apply for financial assistance from the SURE mechanism for short-time work, they add.

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Unemployment associated with 50% higher risk of death in heart failure patients

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 maggio 2017

infarto-miocardico-acutoParis, France. Unemployment is associated with a 50% higher risk of death in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2017 and the 4th World Congress on Acute Heart Failure. The observational study in more than 20 000 heart failure patients found that not being employed was linked with a greater likelihood of death than history of diabetes or stroke.“The ability to hold a job brings valuable information on wellbeing and performance status,” said lead author Dr Rasmus Roerth, a physician at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. “And workforce exclusion has been associated with increased risk of depression, mental health problems and even suicide.”“In younger patients with heart failure, employment status could be a potential predictor of morbidity and mortality,” he continued. “If that was the case, employment status could help to risk stratify young heart failure patients and identify those needing more intensive rehabilitation.”This study compared the risks of all-cause death and recurrent heart failure hospitalisation in patients with heart failure, according to whether they were employed at baseline or not. Using the unique personal identification number assigned to all residents in Denmark, individual data was linked from nationwide registries on hospitalisation, prescribed medication, education level, public welfare payments, and death.The study included all patients of working age (18 to 60 years) with a first hospitalisation for heart failure in Denmark between 1997 and 2012. Of the 21 455 patients with a first hospitalisation for heart failure, 11 880 (55%) were part of the workforce at baseline.During an average follow-up of 1005 days, 16% of employed and 31% of unemployed patients died, while 40% of employed and 42% of unemployed patients were rehospitalised for heart failure.After adjusting for age, sex, education level and comorbidities, heart failure patients unemployed at baseline had a 50% increased risk of death and 12% increased risk of rehospitalisation for heart failure compared to those who were employed. Not being part of the workforce was associated with a higher likelihood of death than history of diabetes or stroke.Dr Roerth said: “We found that heart failure patients out of the workforce at baseline had a higher risk of death. Not being part of the workforce was associated with a risk of death comparable to that of having diabetes or stroke. Those without a job also had an increased risk of recurrent heart failure hospitalisation.”Dr Roerth said the exact mechanism on how employment status may affect mortality is complex and most likely multifactorial. “The ability to work can be seen as a measure of performance status and be interpreted as whether patients meet the physical requirements of a full time job or not,” he said.But he added: “Employment status is more than just a physical measurement as it also has an influence on quality of life, and has been shown to be important for mental health and wellbeing. Thus, both from a physical and psychological point of view it makes sense to include employment status in the evaluation of young heart failure patients’ prognosis.”Dr Roerth said it was perhaps not surprising that employment status has importance for prognosis. “But the observation that employment status is associated with an increased risk of death comparable to that of many other comorbidities such as diabetes and stroke is notable,” he said.In terms of implications of the findings, Dr Roerth said workforce exclusion could be used to identify heart failure patients at risk of poor outcomes and that efforts to get patients back into work might be beneficial.He said: “It could be highly valuable to assess employment status and actually think of workforce exclusion as a prognostic marker in line with suffering from serious chronic diseases. Knowledge on why workforce exclusion has happened for the individual patient might lead to ideas on how it can be prevented – for example with more intensive rehabilitation, physical activity, psychological treatment, or a different job.” Authors: ESC Press Office.

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Australians Struggle with Cutting “Green Tape”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2012

Unemployment is rising in Australia in regions that have not experienced the country’s mining boom. People are getting more intolerant of the cost to jobs of rapidly increasing Green policies. Australia’s Labor Party-run government recently declared it would cut “Green tape.” Then almost immediately after this announcement, a bill in the Parliament was introduced with so much “Green tape” that it will cost jobs in rural Australia while increasing the price of locally produced timber. As Judith Sloan, a columnist in The Australian newspaper, recently argued this bill “was never a good idea.” It is supposed to block imports of illegal timber, but as Sloan’s column notes, “illegal timber imported into Australia is in the range of a mere 2 per cent to 3 per cent.” And to pretend it is not just singling out timber producers in poor countries, the bill also requires Australian timber producers to show their legal timber is, well, legal. Does this make sense? It does if you realize the high cost of the regulations proposed. The aim is to make Australian timber so expensive that forest businesses will go under. Australia’s forest laws already protect biodiversity and create jobs. The Greens won’t concede the former because they want to stop the latter. The Consumers Alliance will be watching the status of Australia’s illegal logging bill – elected officials should follow th rough on their pledged opposition to anti-growth “Green tape.”

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U.S.A.: Unemployment Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 agosto 2010

President Obama signed the unemployment benefits extension into law, delivering badly-needed help for Americans who have lost their job in the recession. Today’s good news comes after weeks of obstruction by Republicans, who decided to put political game playing ahead of doing the right thing to help those in need. President Obama had called on the GOP to put these folks before partisan tactics, and last night the Senate finally overcame the Republican filibuster. Upon signing the bill the President also called on Congress to take action and pass aid to states and support for small businesses: “Today, I signed the unemployment insurance extension to restore desperately needed assistance to two and a half million Americans who lost their jobs in the recession.  After a partisan minority used procedural tactics to block the authorization of this assistance three separate times over the past weeks, Americans who are fighting to find a good job and support their families will finally get the support they need to get back on their feet during these tough economic times.  Now it’s time for Congress to act on more proposals that support our economic recovery, including passing critical aid to our states and support to small businesses.  Small businesses are the engine of job growth, and measures to cut their taxes and make lending available should not be held hostage to partisan tactics like those that unconscionably held up unemployment insurance.”

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