Emergencies and Moratoriums

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Italy is the land of sunshine and Emergencies. Each day has its Emergency that always obliges the Government to reflect seriously. Between an emergency and another, while the citizen is still seeing stars, there are Moratoriums. The first was the Great ceppalonic Pardon. Between the security emergency and the deaths at work emergency, up pops the moratorium on abortion. Between the refuse emergency and the Alitalia emergency, they come up with a moratorium on Malpensa “my moratorium, my life” is the motto of the politicians.
No one is saying anything more about the Maroni laws (C major jazz musician where are you?) that saw the lining up of the politics of work in Italy with that of the fifth world. The renewal and/or the abolition of the law number 30 was in the manifesto programme of the Ulivo. But now we are in Emergency. You cannot insiiiiist, as Valium Prodi would say.
The lack of safety at ThyssenKrupp is because of the Maroni law. The workers who survived declared that they could not protest about the interminable shifts or about the empty fire extinguishers. Anyone on a short term agreement is left at home if they protest. And anyone with a family can’t afford that.
The book "Schiavi Moderni" has got to 450,000 copies downloaded. Read it and spread it around.

Mauro Gallegati’s speech.

Beppe Grillo: "He wanted to be here and here he is. A Professor of Economics who will be talking about work. I want you all to listen very carefully to what he has to say. Please welcome Mauro Gallegati. Come on up Mauro. Is it 4-wheel drive … is it licensed? Good then. Go ahead. Mauro Gallegati.

"I lecture at the university and I generally have a class of around twenty – forty people. To see the square so full of people, and to come here and be stopped by people saying “I am a temporary worker, thanks for what Grillo, Stiglitz and you are doing” is a truly moving experience.
In any event, until yesterday I lectured at the university but after today, I don’t know whether that will still be the case, but anyway …
In this book, we have come to a relatively simple conclusion, namely that the law regarding temporary work is a law that has only been applied in order to reduce labour costs. In this sense: our politicians have not simply worked to reduce the salaries paid to temporary workers, which, as Beppe remarked, were already ridiculously low. It s like going into a bank to ask for a loan and saying “however, in all probability I won’t be able to pay back the loan” and the Bank Manager saying “very well, then you will be charged a much lower interest rate than everyone else”. Because paying lower salaries to temporary workers essentially means turning people into beggars for work. The problem is not only that we don’t earn a decent salary. The problem is that the cuts in labour costs have come at the expense of welfare payments, so that we find ourselves with an entire generation of people currently living with the spectre of temporary work, earning very low salaries and, when they reach pensionable age, they will be not have enough money to survive on.
The truth is that everyone born in the ‘70s and the late ’80s are unfortunately destined to accept temporary posts when they are young and are equally destined to one day die of starvation as pensioners. However, perhaps you will get used to it and so you carry on. Nevertheless, this is clearly an untenable situation because it is absolutely ridiculous that this situation is only being highlighted in Beppe’s book. You have no idea just how many times Beppe and I have spoken on the phone, with Beppe absolutely and rightly livid because he was accused of being a terrorist. He may well talk a lot of bullshit, but perhaps this is not enough to make him a terrorist! Thank you all!!" Mauro Gallegati V2-day, 25 April, for freedom of information: < br>1. Put your photos on www.flickr.com with the tag V2-day
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I read about the seven workers loosing their lives a the ThissenKrupp. As much as their deaths was horrible and shocking,I wasn't surprised that it happened in Italy. What has happened there is nothing short than mass murder. I've worked in many factories outside Italy and as much as I hate to say it, never have I seen the lack of safety and unconscious disregard for a worker's life as I have seen in Italy. I told as much to my Italian co-workers. I also told them that in many other countries it was the worker who decided whether a job was safe or not and if he thought the job was too dangerous he could refuse doing it. Their reaction was one of disbelief and they looked at me as though I came from Mars. Not too long after "l'ingegnere" approached me to tell me that I shouldn't go around saying things like that. Now, it's my turn at disbelief, even though I know that whatever happens in Italy should not surprise anyone, as the most absurd things happens there. I'm talking about the garbage in Naples! That leaves me speechless. "The politicians -all of them- should all go buy a gun and shoot themselves."

Posted by: Louis Pacella | January 8, 2008 08:33 PM


I read about the seven workers loosing their lives a the ThissenKrupp. As much as theirs was a shocking horrible death I wasn't surprised that it happened in Italy. I've worked in many factories outside Italy and as much as I hate to say it, never have I seen the lack of safety and unconscious disregard for a worker's life as I have seen in Italy. I told as much to my Italian co-workers. I also told them that in many other countries it was the worker who decided whether a job was safe or not and if he thought the job was too dangerous he could refuse doing it. Their reaction was one of disbelief and they looked at me as though I came from Mars. Not too long after "l'ingegnere" approach me to tell me that I shouldn't go around saying things like that. Now, it's my turn at disbelief even though I know the most absurd things happens there. I'm talking about the garbage in Naples! And for that what else is there to say but, "The politicians -all of them- should all shoot themselves."

Posted by: Louis Pacella | January 8, 2008 08:22 PM


Il problema e' a relativizzazione della vita umana e qualcuno che e' ateo l'ha capito benissimo, cosa che invece riesce ostica ai sinistri delle estrazioni piu' varie.
Se il valore "vita umana" di cui tutti si riempiono la bocca a sproposito e' un valore relativo allora va benissimo una legislazione abortista come va benissimo la pena di morte. Se invece parliamo di un valore assoluto, che va sempre difeso come mi pare essere l'impostazione di personaggi come D'Alema, allora una legislazione abortista (dove fra l'altro l'aborto altro non e' che un metodo di controllo delle nascite, una mera pratica amministrativa) non puo' essere ammessa.
Se il valore "vita umana" vale o non vale in funzione delle circostanze, come e' gia' capitato ampiamente nel secolo scorso con i gulag ed i campi di sterminio, allora va bene pero' non lamentiamoci se poi rifaremo le stesse esperienze....

Posted by: Modena Melissa | January 8, 2008 02:44 AM


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