Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The New Wave In Employment Security And Sacrifice

The Italian Postal Service is the largest employer in Italy. Italy has an unemployment rate of nearly 10%. The Postal Service spends a lot on recruiting new employees. All this adds up to an interest in the benefits of nepotism.

They have proposed offering older workers the option of voluntary retirement and in exchange allowing the workers to cede their jobs (and permanent employment contracts) to their children. Said child must be 30 years of age and have a high school diploma. The postal workers union first introduced the idea in 1997 and it looks to be put in place by October.

Hmm, a permanent familial class of postal workers - this seems to require some more thought. Offhand it sounds just a little serf-like, albeit with benefits.

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