To some, Fiat is drawing the curtain on a humane working life.
“He wants to impose American-style standards,” Nello Niglio, a factory worker, said of Mr. Marchionne’s requirements to work longer hours and cut back on absences. “But too much work is going to kill our workers.”
Yes, Italy, I still have family there. Being third generation Italian American, I can remember my uncles all going to work in the shoe factory and now the factory is gone and shoes are made in other countries. Kind of like the auto industry?
Today, the American worker is more like the Italian worker. We once had a work ethic and competition in the work place and even a work places to go to. We are the ones who have a lax attitude and would have government take care of all our needs. I know I sound like a broken record, ( disc that played music ) but our only hope is to bring back manufacturing for our vast number of unemployed. Good jobs at a good wage. And furthermore, there was a day that medical insurance was part of one's employee benefits package. Now you might not agree with that concept, but it worked and people were the better for it. A good job, a good wage, and insurance to boot ( there I go again with the old lingo ). Europe and China have a long road ahead of them in regards to changing the working conditions but at least they have what we once had, jobs for their people.