Precarious State


drawing by The Hand from "Schiavi Moderni" {Modern Slaves}

Prodi, our precarious employee has said many times that the fight against precariousness is a priority of his government. Thus one could ask why precariousness is so widespread right inside the public sector employment.
Those who are precarious, apart from the usual teachers, are even those who supply information to the social insurance bodies, work and pensions. A paradox.
I’m publishing a letter from professor Gallegati of the Economics Department in the Università Politecnica delle Marche about the government’s proposal to modify the Biagi law.
After that I’m publishing the umpteenth witness statement from the book Schiavi Moderni (100,000 copies downloaded).

Dear Beppe,
Roberto Leombruni and I have considered the government’s proposal to modify the Biagi law.
Precariousness, here’s the slowly-slowly plan of the government.
There are three proposals and for these Damiano deserves a “plus”, an “equals”
and a “minus” on the record sheet.

- on fixed-length contracts. By definition they are contracts that have a duration with a limited time: if a company wants a worker for longer than that there’s a normal contract, with unlimited time. However since 2001, these can be repeated as often as required as long as there’s a gap of 20 days between the end of one contract and the beginning of the next. It’s the vision of virginity of the Centre Right, after 20 days of abstinence, the lasses regain their virginity. Quite rightly, Damiano would like things to return to a natural state without an employee having to wait 20 days without a salary waiting to be once more appetising to the company. “Plus”

- On minor contracts according to Biagi. The government intends to cancel staff leasing and on-call working. As Ichino has rightly observed in il Corriere, there are methods for laying down rules (that support the workers) for practices that exist even independently of the Biagi law. Because the “one day waitresses” will always exist, and because the cooperatives that take on a contract for cleaning the mayor’s toilet and get a cococò to do the work, are worse – for the worker – than staff leasing. The fact is that the Biagi law has a “bad reputation” and to reform it will present a good image. “Equals” (not “minus” because anyway, the Confindustria admits that these are hardly ever used by the companies)

- Parasubordinato. What is proposed is also a new increase in the social security contributions for the “parasubordinati”, who already in the last Budget went from 18% to 23.5% and who could go up to 25-26%. The government tells us that the measure would guarantee the young people a minimum pension.
Good, at last they have confessed.
At least a million young Italians for ten years (from the time when Treu brought in the separate management in 1996) have worked without putting aside sufficient contributions to guarantee them a minimum pension, often with an income that would not have allowed them to even remotely consider paying for alternative pension schemes.
Given that the guilt has been confessed, the solution is not "scurdammoce o
passato": the correct amount is 25-26%? OK, let’s give those million young people a notional contribution that goes towards filling the gap of unpaid contributions over ten years. “Minus”, expecting a “plus”.”
Mauro Gallegati and Roberto Leombruni

Training programme/work
”I’m 34 years old and for a good four years I have been a precarious worker with a public administration of red political beliefs (the Training programme/work of a beautiful Tuscan Province) Yes, exactly, the service for training for work, active in making policies for employment to combat unlawful working and unemployment, the one that was the first to use the loop-holes offered by the Biagi reform and even before the contracts brought in by minister Treu, whose names remind one of birds who are not particularly intelligent!
Known as I am right in the employment centre (previously placement
service) and my job is to look after young people and apprentices, and I see things…. To be in the employment centre as a precarious unemployed (my job is about to finish) and help others find a job is like being tied up and gagged on the throne of the chef in the kitchen of a Grand Hotel with stomach cramps eating away at you because of hunger. Not just the swindle, but the sick joke… I got the job with a public selection process: first prize: a contract (8 months of work alternating with 4 months of an iron diet of air and swearing) then with time transformed into a costly registration as a freelance worker (the cost was halved for half the hours) that is useful to give a living wage to my dear accountant but not to me (poor thing, when he calls me to tell me of the regular costs that I have to pay, he mutters with embarrassment as though he had just suddenly realized that he’s got his flies open in front of the incredulous gaze of a young virgin nun!
He’s a good person and his empathy these days is really moving… and at times I feel like calming him down saying things like “you know now I’m going to get another job and by the end of the year I’ll have finished with all this”, “Good… Let’s hope it works out”, is his reply.) Registering with the tax authorities as a freelance (a device to camouflage working as an employee) was not suggested to me by the Public Administration, it was imposed as an ultimatum.”
L. A. 09.05.2006 10:14

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Our system is not absolute or perfect. That's true. But the majority of people just complain and do not do something to change it. That's why everything stays as it is.

Posted by: Sally, diploma owner | November 15, 2007 06:56 PM

Now to be fear, the Astaldi Company has been fined 750 Mil. Euros and barred from Government Contracts, which is just fine.
What about the Political Establishment in Campania that signed those Contracts?
Am I to believe these individuals didn’t gained anything financially?
Is Naples famous for Pizza and mandolins or for Corruption Ndrangeta and Drug Dealing?
Maybe Mr. Maradona should buy some supply on the cheap nowadays from Mr. Bassolino and Company.
Cheers, long live The Italian Institutions.

Posted by: Gothlingun Y. | June 30, 2007 05:40 PM

Tradition ,history of corroption , the whealthy getting more.... the poor is getting poorer---and the pollution getting worst .....administtration around the world do not meet the demand on control the mafias.... here in South Spain we are hosting more Camorra Boses ....and the cocaine problem is going to sore the security of the honest citizen ...salud....Beppe--------te queremos.... en todo el mundo.....gorgi

Posted by: JORGE | June 29, 2007 11:22 PM

Mr. Prodi and his government, is emphasizing one more time the priority of his Government toward Precarious Workers is and will be paramount.
More to the point, the fact that his own Job and Government is so Precarious, that Mr. Prodi has already applied for unemployment, and his Resume is under review of all the University which Honorees Cause Diplomas he did receive during his Political Carrier (Estimated 15).
Meanwhile, the EU is already on a monthly basis cutting Mr. Prodi the pension check for the year served in Brussels (Approx. 80% of his over 200.000,00 Euro salaries)
Cheers, long live The Italian Institutions.

Posted by: Gothlingun Y. | June 29, 2007 05:53 PM

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