The outbound slave

Anyone who denounces the effects of the Biagi law or of the Treu law (1997 employment law) is a visionary or a terrorist. In Italy everything’s OK: unemployment no longer exists, we are at record lows. And it’s true, from unemployment we have passed directly to slavery.
Professor Gallegati of the Economics Department of the Universitŕ Politecnica delle Marche has made some remarks about the latest data on unemployment. Is it that he too is a terrorist?
Together with his letter, I am publishing one of the 20,000 cases of slavery that have been made known to me. This one is in the book Schiavi Moderni {Modern Slaves} (71,000 copies have been downloaded). You laugh to not cry.

Dear Beppe,
It seems that the government will try to get its hands dirty by altering the “Biagi law”. Before considering the value of the action, let’s take a look at the data, for once really timely, updated the other day, on the precarious workers.
The length of the new contracts offers, on its own, a worrying signal: for more than 60%, it’s less than 3 months and only 2% have a duration of a year or more. Of the first group, half have a contract of one month, while one in 5 workers have a contract of one week (obviously 5 days).
The Economic Bulletin of the Bank of Italy tells us that almost 50% of young workers are taken on with short-term contracts. It’ll be said that’s worrying.
Well then what can be said when you discover that of these people newly taken on, less than 10% in a year see their contract transformed into a contract without time limit.
Apart form some “market fundamentalist”, there is by now too much evidence that the Biagi law has not been able to offer a serious response to the persistent fragmentation (by territory, by generation and by gender) of the employment market.
As well as that (see the postscript to Schiavi Moderni) how will these “precarious workers” pay their pension? What would be needed is a long lasting reform that can offer these young workers a possibility of stability. The data shows that once a short-term contract ends, there’s almost no prospect of a long term one.
To safeguard the flexibility without making people’s lives precarious is what must be demanded.
A possibility to promote a lasting entrance into the labour market is the French model, this uses a gradual introduction of forms of protection of the position, as a safeguard against losing the job, that increases gradually, as the time spent in a job with a company increases.
All this should happen within the realm of an open-ended contract, the same for everyone and independent of the age of the worker. At the same time, the maximum length of a short-term contract should be reduced to 10-12 months.
The challenge is: will young workers accept a route towards stability by starting out with a contract that only in theory has no limits on the time frame?
A second possibility is proposed by the Danish model with its "flexsecurity", that is economic flexibility with social security.
In Denmark a job lasts an average of 4 years and every Danish person changes employer at least 5 times during their working lives.
Entrepreneurs have great freedom to dismiss, while the worker who has been sacked, from the first day of unemployment gets a payment from the State equal to 80-90% of their salary for 4 years.
It’s a social model that aims to save people rather than jobs, investing in the training of workers to get them ready for new sectors.
A model that is fairly costly. And Italy, with its debt, could only allow itself this by recovering the taxes that are dodged (just remember that this is equivalent to 5 substantial budgets each year).
The “Biagi law” has become the litmus paper of the visions of capitalism, of 2 fundamentalisms, between State and market. The State must and can transform the precarious working into flexible working. The plan to reform law 30 is going too slowly.
warm greetings
Mauro Gallegati
A Master’s under my belt from "Schiavi Moderni"
"I too am a Call Centre worker. I’m 27 years old I’ve got a degree and then a Masters under my belt. I am one of those who are highly qualified but struggle to find a dignified job who falls back onto a Call Centre to have a few hundred euro extra in my pocket.
I too am a modern slave. About a month and a half ago I was taken on as an Outbound operator (basically you have to annoy people until 9:30 in the evening!) for an English school in Naples at 5 € gross per hour. It’s useless to tell you that in this Call Centre we are all graduates or on the way to being graduates (as they can choose, they choose the best obviously!).
This morning I was called in by my line manager to discuss my recent productivity: and according to him it’s low and it’s compounded by my behaviour “arrogant towards him”. Which when translated means that I refused to come to work early without having the extra time counted, asking for the copy of the contract that we have signed without the end date, and the most serious of all, expressing my ideas
(I’d like to make clear anyway that my productivity is not so low: I have never been absent in the month of March and I have already made a couple of useful contacts towards the objectives of the month)
I’m sure that all those who work and have worked, and will work in this Call Centre, sign short-term work contracts with the end date left blank and above all without ever receiving the signed copy (the luckiest have at the most a photocopy!)
The line manager, after pathetically talking about my “subversive” behaviour invited me to sign a letter of resignation and when I refused he got cross and said that just for that I deserved to be sent home (not wishing to sign a resignation letter?) As he was evidently in difficulty he invited me to talk to the director saying that he didn’t want any more chaos and that I was annoying.”
L. F. 10.03.2006 18:14

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Ciao Beppe,
anch'io sono stata una schiava austriaca a Milano a un'azienda nel settore della moda. L'esperienza ha quasi distrutto la mia vita e dopo oramai 3 anni (in cui tutto e' andato per la strada migliore) sono ancora arrabbiata perche' queste cose non si dimenticano. Questa e' una lettera che ho scritto ai miei ex-capi ma che non ho mai avuto il coraggio di inviare:

Sig.ra M. e Sig. S.,

Io ho pensato tanto tempo se vi devo scrivere o meno ma ho deciso di liberarmi dei miei pensieri che ancora dopo 3 anni dalla mia esperienza all’AZIENDA V. a volte mi tormentano.

Oramai sono passati 3 anni che io e mio marito (il mio fidanzato all’epoca) siamo a Londra e vi voglio dire alcune cose. Non ho mai subito una esperienza lavorativa peggiore e piu umiliante di quella dell’AZIENDA V.. Essere umiliata da una capa che da parte sua era (o ancora e’) umiliata da un amministratore delegato che pensa di essere dio e poi essere licenziata perche’ apparentemente non parlavo la lingua (bullshit come si dice qui !), ha lasciato delle ferite profonde e percio’ ho deciso di scrivere questa email.

Non e’ affatto normale che persone che hanno una laurea, un master e in piu’ esperienza lavorativa si devono mettere a fare stage a 500 euro (o meno) al mese, se a Milano, una citta' sanguisughe, ti servono almeno 1000 per sopravvivere. E’ solo in Italia cosi’ e questo non e’ normale ! E’ schiavitu’ ! Stranamente qui in Inghilterra abbiamo trovato un lavoro con dignita' e normale con un contratto a tempo « indeterminato » (di cui vi vantate cosi’ tanto ma protegge solo quelli che non vogliono lavorare e percio’ l’economia italiana e’ il fanalino dell’Europa). E sapete cosa : ci pagano. Ci pagano pure benissimo. E cosi’ deve essere ! Sono triste che mettete a lavorare praticamente dei schiavi all’AZIENDA V., non li pagate, li umiliate. Ma che ca**o di modo di fare e’ questo !

Direte adesso sicuramente : ma quella e’ pazza. Ma no, la stessa esperienza mia hanno ogni giorno migliaia di giovani in Italia di cui l’unica pecca che hanno e’ essere giovani. E Sig.ra M., quando cercheranno lavoro i suoi figli, vedra’ che anche loro dovranno subire tutto questo, a meno che non abbia le conoscenze di lecca culo in politica. Avete reso la mia vita nei 7 mesi che sono stata all’AZIENDA V. un inferno : non sono una debole, ma durante questi 7 mesi piangevo quasi ogni sera a casa. Avete quasi distrutto i prospetti di carriera che avevo, mi avete lasciato con la grande paura economica e la cosa piu’ grave : questa umiliazione ! Come mi avete umiliata ! « Tedesca di merda » sono stata chiamata oppure « torni da dov’e’ venuta ». Magari anche voi un giorno dovete subire queste cose (la Sig.ra M. sicuramente sa di che cosa sto parlando visto che subisce ogni giorno da « Dio » S.).

Non credo che questa email sia servita a qualcosa. Ma rendetevi conto che pezzi di m***a siete.


Posted by: Lisa D'Alterio | June 29, 2007 02:24 PM

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Posted by: Robert Cubinelli | June 24, 2007 10:50 AM

Normalmente qui vengo per linkare il mio blog e lo faccio :

pero' stavolta non resisto, racconto la mia prima esperienza di lavoro interinale 6 anni fa: supero un corso a selezione per programmatori alla ericsson, arrivo ben terzo su 30!
Ovviamente la ericsson per non fallire di piu di quello che gia fece, prendeva programmatori a cottimo da societa terze che prendevano una carriola di soldi dalla ericsson e i contributi dello stati per poi pagarci 1000 euro al mese dicendo che un giorno ne avremo presi 6000.

Fatto sta che mi schiaffano dentro pero' senza nessuna indicazione, ondeggiavo nei corridoi guardando gli occhi di quelli che passavano sperando che almeno mi dicessero dove stava il mio sgabello.

Poi mi dissero che sarei stato portato dal supervisore ed avvenne al terzo giorno di ondeggiamenti (ma quei giorni li pagava la ericsson?).

Il supervisore dice che non aveva progetti su cui farmi lavorare, pero' visto che ero della Roma potevo continuare ad ondeggiare a pagamento nei corridoi. Persona sensibile e senz'altro romanista!

Alla fine della 1^ settimana ero riuscito attaccandomi alla giacca di un ingegnere sardo a sapere almeno che si faceva li dentro ma senza poter lavorare.

Mi diedero persino un banco con un pc che per un programmatore potrebbe sembrare normale ma per una agenzia interninale no!
Al che mi rivolgo al mio anello di congiunzione col mondo del lavoro, un puttanone meshato che si "mamava" i dirigenti ericsson per poter continuare a essere il consigliere con delega alla ericsson di questa sifgata agenzia di piazzamento di programmatori dicendo:
"ok, qua non si fa niente, ondeggio come pochi e con uno stile tutto mio, va bene che si inizia con 1000 euro e si finira' con 6000, ma... un contratto lo vogliamo firmare?"
A queste mie parole che lasciavano presagire al puttanone che i soldi in nero non se li poteva rubare piu cosi facilemente venni cacciato con la promessa che non mi avrebbe fatto piu lavorare. EMIGRAI

Posted by: jeann 2 | June 23, 2007 07:40 PM

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