The Entrepreneur: a Law for Work

The Entrepreneur: a Law for Work

By Alberto Ferrucci
Published in Città Nuova n.7/2010 

When it was understood that Greece had rigged its deficit from 12.7 to look as if it was at nearly 3 percent, and the risk of speculation was noticed on titles of other European countries, including ours, the prospective of an exit cliff from the shared currency made every hypothesis of increased public spending in favor of work disappear from political debate. A right decision as tactic, but one which cannot become strategy. We need a tomorrow in which, thanks to a working relationship that is as a stable as possible, youth can start families.

Businesses aspire to having work relationships like this, but today these need to be reestablished. In Italy, for example, it is easier to divorce your wife than to end a working relationship, despite the excess of personnel or scarce yield. In businesses that have more than fifteen employees, if one is fired, he has the right to prosecute. And if he wins, he has the right, besides contractual fines, to receive his stipend for the entire period of the process: at least three years, with eventual reintegration into the business.

The facts show that the rights of who has stable work make it difficult to find one for who does not have work. There is need of a law that, at zero cost to the state, defines a new long-term contract with a probation period of one year, and not only a few weeks; one in which the worker would accept the possibility of losing his job in the first five years, being compensated based on the length of employment, without taking the situation to trial.

In the case of a business with a higher number of employed workers, the advantage would be that, for at least three years, it could count on a tax credit equal to the amount of taxes to be charged to the worker. This facilitation would have no financial impact on the state. The state would give up this income (not compensated by sales tax or regional taxes) only at the end of the year and only from business profits, having already cashed in the same amount from the taxes applied to the worker during the course of the year.

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