The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
This is going around in Portugal quite a lot (so it seems, I write this from the US of A). Obviously comments about Nazism through other means are starting to surface...
I have one more thing to add to your piece.
I think this is another proof that "one size does NOT fit all".
As some know here, I have worked in .NL and there the minimum legal for vacation is 20 days. Because of one thing called collective bargaining and unions nobody that I knew off had less than 25. I had 2 jobs: on one I had 25 days, on the other I had 30 days vacation.
So law saying 20 days + collective bargaining = 25+ vacation days.
Now, take the same legal requirement (20 days) in Portugal: As the unions (outside the public sector) are toothless (courtesy of 48 years of fascist dictatorship) the result would be: 20 days of vacation, no more. Currently the legal framework is 22/25 days and that is exactly what people have. And, by the way, if you work in the new economy, do not even think in turning down your mobile phone during your vacations...
The same formal legal framework, would have different practical consequences...
PS - She is factually wrong on the issue of retirement also. In Portugal the retirement age is "just" 65, but is indexed to life expectancy, so it is expected to raise above 67 well before Germany's 2029 date. Well, maybe not, with the cuts to our national health service maybe we will end up retiring at 60 (assuming the indexing to life expectancy in maintained)
by Frank Schnittger - May 23 20 comments
by gmoke - May 19 3 comments
by redstar - May 12 18 comments
by redstar - May 14 15 comments
by redstar - May 6 50 comments
by Luis de Sousa - May 1 13 comments
by talos - Apr 29 49 comments
by In Wales - May 3 1 comment
by Frank Schnittger - May 2320 comments
by gmoke - May 193 comments
by redstar - May 1415 comments
by redstar - May 1218 comments
by redstar - May 650 comments
by In Wales - May 31 comment
by Luis de Sousa - May 113 comments
by gmoke - Apr 292 comments
by talos - Apr 2949 comments
by ManfromMiddletown - Apr 245 comments
by afew - Apr 2056 comments