When the Italian government introduced a temporary ban on layoffs for the period of the coronavirus crisis, the employers’ federation reacted furiously. Firms have already received billions of euros in subsidies to help pay their workers’ wages — but what they can’t tolerate is any limit on their power to hire and fire at will.
Marta Fana is the author of Non è lavoro, è sfruttamento (This Isn't Work, It's Exploitation).
Millions of people stuck at home means more orders for Amazon. But squeezed Amazon employees in France and Italy didn’t want to be “essential workers” — and they launched a wave of strikes to demand a shutdown.
The battle against the Sicilian Mafia wasn’t won by cops and judges — it was won by communists and labor militants.
Italian workers occupy an ever-lower place in the European division of labor.