Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Italian labour minister says laws alone cannot help jobless


Rome, May 14 - Record levels of unemployment in
Italy can only be stemmed by boosting production levels and
cannot be confronted through fiscal, welfare or pension policies
alone, Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini told the Senate's
labour committee on Tuesday.
Giovannini however said his government would pass "limited
and punctual" changes to a labour reform approved under the
previous technocrat government of premier Mario Monti to
encourage new hires in the recession-hit country.
He said the reform drafted by his predecessor Elsa Fornero
"is finally producing a series of wished-for effects" by
boosting the number of regular, short-term contracts, compared
to freelance contracts that give workers few rights and no job
security, which are shrinking.
Premier Enrico Letta said on Monday that one of four issues
topping his left-right government's agenda in its first 100 days
in office was creating jobs for young people.
Youth employment in Italy reached 38.4% in March, 3.2%
higher than the same month in 2012, according to national
statistics institute Istat.
Overall, according to forecasts released earlier this month
by Istat, unemployment will rise to 11.9% this year, up 1.2% in
2012, and climb further still in 2014 to reach 12.3.
Giovannini said Tuesday that his government plans to change
pension rules, making them more "flexible" to encourage early
retirement and "penalize" those who choose not to free new jobs
for youths.
He also cited planned cuts to the bureaucratic expenses of
labor and welfare policies which cost companies five billion
euros a year by simplifying procedures and cutting red tape.
The labour minister also spoke about the so-called
'esodati', workers who were left without a job or pension as a
result of a change in retirement laws passed by the previous
Monti government, saying the Letta cabinet was drawing 2a
conceptual map" to intervene in different cases which were
"extremely varied".

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