Toxic chemical legislation is REACHing an all time low

All chemicals which came after 1976 are allowed enter the market unless the EPA can establish “unreasonable risk.” The agency only has 90 days to make a decision, who rarely have all the toxicity data it needs. Therefore all substances that the industry want to sell are allowed go on to the market.

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CETA – The average modern day free trade agreement

  The ‘Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement’ (CETA) is a free trade agreement currently being finalised between the EU and Canada. This agreement vies to reduce non-tariff barriers between the two nations, attempting to harmonise standards and regulations across numerous industries. This bi-lateral free trade agreement has been negotiated in secret since 2009 with negotiations ceasing […]

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European make-up and cosmetics regulations could drastically change soon

European cosmetics market faces future obstacles   Cosmetics is a broad term for products which a person utilises in the upkeep of their appearance, such as; foundation, toothpaste, suntan lotion, lip balm, mouthwash or anti-dandruff shampoo. The European cosmetic market currently has 1,378 chemical substance banned from being used in cosmetics in stark contrast to […]

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The national internship scheme – JobBridge Investigation

JobBridge is exploitative of the Live Register numbers.Firstly, it is targeted for those on social welfare, actively looking for jobs, but have been unemployed for at least the past three to six months. Once they are ‘employed’ by a JobBridge company, the government then deducts them from the Live Register, appearing to look like they are tackling the nation’s unemployment problem. This can be argued to not even be reflective of the true unemployment numbers as JobBridge is technically a temporary job, and does not guarantee full time employment (though that is what the general purpose of an internship is supposed to fulfill). It therefore skews the labour market numbers favorably to make the Irish government look good.

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Robin Hood Tax – Robin’ the hood to fund the bailout

Witten By: Stephen O’Brien   -Visit Elvert Barnes Protest Photography ongoing docu-project at elvertbarnes.com/protestphotography – Flickr The Robin Hood Tax (RHT) Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) is a proposed act  intended to target the financial sector by implementing a diminutive transaction tax of 0.1% or 0.05% on the trading of bonds, shares and derivatives. This tax has […]

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