Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Napolitano invokes Italian Constitution on jobs

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Rome, May 30 - President Giorgio Napolitano
invoked the Italian Constitution on Thursday in an appeal for
the nation's political parties, trade unions and businesses to
combat the huge problem of unemployment in recession-hit Italy.
Close to three million Italians are unemployed and almost
as many again are off the job market even though they are
willing to work, in many cases because they have given up hope
of finding paid employment.
On Wednesday the OECD forecast that unemployment in Italy
would rise from 10.6% in 2012 to 11.9% this year and 12.5% in
2014.
"We must have a republic that measures up to Article One of
the Constitution," Napolitano said, calling on all the social
and political groups to join forces in this.
Article One of the Constitution states that Italy is a
republic "founded on labour".
Unemployment is especially serious among young Italians, as
it hits almost four out of 10 15-to-25-year-olds on the job
market.
National statistics agency Istat said last week that 2.25
million 15-to-29-year-olds were not in education, employment or
training (NEET) in 2012, 23.9% of the total.
"This isn't just an Italian problem," said Napolitano. "The
technologies and terms of employment have changed and it was
realised very late that unemployment among young people is
spreading in the West and in emerging countries.
"In Italy we are feeling this acutely and dramatically".

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