Beyond the actual impact that the European Trilogue directive (which brings together the Commission, the Council and the EU Parliament) will have on member countries, one fact is clear: while in Italy someone still criminalizes the citizen’s income and hinders the minimum wage, the the world out there has long realized that the way forward is to guarantee dignity to work and to workers with all due respect to entrepreneurs who challenge each other on low wages.
In Italy there is still someone who criminalizes the citizen’s income and hinders the minimum wage: they are the real populists
The system authorized by the EU (called “automatic indexation”) focuses on the purchasing power of workers to leave unaltered the survival capacity of those who receive the minimum wage. In a historical moment like this, in which inflation is galloping and rates are reaching levels not seen for 40 years, connecting prices to payrolls means bringing the economy back to reality, with all due respect to Bankitalia Governor Visco who fears “A run-up between prices and wages” as the EU hopes for it. Now there is no plenary session of the Parliament, ratification by the EU Council and reception by individual states.
It is enough to look away from Europe and turn it to our home to realize how the Strasbourg decision is a slap in the face for all the economists (more or less liberals, certainly pro-bosses) who have sacrificed themselves in all these months to tell us that the minimum wage (under discussion in our Parliament) would have been a national disgrace and would have played the part of the business world.
The Strasbourg decision, once again, unmasks the false progressives who play to preserve in Italy a world of work that has been outdated in ways and times. It is no coincidence that the EU decision dismantles a minister like Renato Brunetta who sees in the minimum wage an action “against our cultural history of industrial relations” – ipse dixit – where for “cultural history” there is the irrepressible impulse of go back to the vassals, valvassini and valvassori so easy to govern and so convenient in making them work.
It is no coincidence that the Strasbourg decision is also a great move for the unions (Cisl in the lead) who struggle to understand that their role, in order to continue to be profitable, is constantly evolving. The presumed competition between minimum wage and collective bargaining is a lie (and in fact it is waved as a risk by those terrified by stricter legislation for companies, Calenda in the lead): who but the trade unions will have a fundamental role in defining the thresholds and parameters?
In September, among other things, the European Council (at the suggestion of the Commission) will begin the discussion on the “minimum income” which is, in essence, the citizen’s income so much reviled by more or less the same enemies of the minimum wage. The EU will call on all member states to include a measure in favor of universal support in their legislation. Who knows what Renzi (one of those who always claims to be pro-European with Europe longer than the others) thinks of preparing a referendum to abolish a measure that the EU considers fundamental.
Then, if desired, there would be politics. We would have to think about how to make these tools better, if and how to correct them, discuss (even clash) on how to make them functional. But we should have the courage to abandon propaganda and deal with reality and the proximity of the next elections is too strong a call for populists who would like to fight the populism of others.
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