The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment

By Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute In June 2012 Italy introduced a package of labour-market reforms. One particularly controversial measure was a change to Article 18 of the 1970 Workers’ Statute which had given employees found to have been unfairly dismissed the right to reinstatement. From then on it was … More The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. by Jack Rasmus In the coming weeks and months, as the Eurozone economy weakens still further, it is likely that debates and splits within the Eurozone capitalist elites will continue to intensify. The Eurozone economy has never really recovered from the 2008-09 … More The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it

Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it.   Rome, November 7 – Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday reiterated a warning against letting labour-reform issues become a “terrain of conflict”. “I’ve made this appeal in the last few days and I’ll make it again,” he said at the opening of a Piaggio … More Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, October 27 – The leaders of Italy’s four main labor union federations were incensed Monday after a meeting with government ministers, ostensibly to discuss the government’s proposed 2015 budget, turned out to be what they said was a one-sided exercise. The government sent … More Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, October 24 – As many as one million people, one thousand police officers, and a small number of dissident members of the governing Democratic Party (PD) are expected  at a major rally called for Saturday by Italy’s largest … More CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it

Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it. CGIL and FIOM metalworkers rally for jobs Redazione ANSA Rome 14 October 2014 (ANSA) – Rome, October 14 – Italy’s employers on Tuesday hailed Premier Matteo Renzi’s forthcoming 2015 budget bill as a dream come true while Italy’s largest CGIL labor federation slammed … More Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it

Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com.   This summer Italy fell into a triple-dip recession. After the 2008/09 collapse, the economy stagnated, heading back into recession during 2011 and never really recovering. The philosophy of Giulio Tremonti, who was the economic … More Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it

Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, July 31 – Unemployment among young Italians climbed last month to 43.7%, a level not seen in 37 years, according to statistics Thursday that presented further evidence of the continuing weakness in the country’s lackluster economy. The jobless rate among Italians aged 15 … More Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it

Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Most of the coverage regarding the Eurozone crisis has understandably focused on the politics of austerity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the longer term trends in the industrial relations of those countries hardest hit by the crisis: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain; the so-called PIIGS countries. Recent data from the European Industrial … More Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

EU officials plotted IMF attack to bring rebellious Italy to its knees – Telegraph Blogs

EU officials plotted IMF attack to bring rebellious Italy to its knees – Telegraph Blogs. The revelations about EMU skulduggery are coming thick and fast. Tim Geithner recounts in his book Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises just how far the EU elites are willing to go to save the euro, even if it means … More EU officials plotted IMF attack to bring rebellious Italy to its knees – Telegraph Blogs

Labour-reform decree gets final approval – English – ANSA.it

Labour-reform decree gets final approval – English – ANSA.it. The Lower House on Thursday gave final approval to the government’s decree to simplify Italy’s labour-market regulations. It passed with 279 votes in favour, 143 against and three abstentions. The decree has come under intense fire from trade unions, which say it will further weaken job … More Labour-reform decree gets final approval – English – ANSA.it

Neoliberal Authoritarianism: JP Morgan and the Problem of Anti-Fascism in Southern Europe

In previous posts I have written about the technocratic tendencies of neoliberalism in which procedural democracy is subordinated to the rule of economic ‘experts’ in order to ensure the ‘proper’ functioning of the market economy. This may seem controversial to some, as prominent neoliberal thinkers like F. A. Hayek tended to associate the rule of … More Neoliberal Authoritarianism: JP Morgan and the Problem of Anti-Fascism in Southern Europe