Italian prime minister Mario Monti posted on the Internet his newborn political program, which was presented during a Christmas press conference. During the presentation, Mr. Monti softly but clearly attacked some political factions, including the leftist trade unions which he labeled as ‘conservative’.
On Christmas Eve came the reply by Mrs. Susanna Camusso, the secretary general of the Italian main leftist trade union.
‘We are not stuck in the past’ said Mrs. Camusso. ‘It is Mr. Monti who is proposing a 30-years old recipe, based on pay cuts and a minor protection by national collective bargaining. We have already tasted this recipe under [former UK prime minister Margaret] Thatcher, under [former U.S. President Ronald] Reagan and under the last Italian Government [headed by Mr. Silvio Berlusconi]. This program has already proved its fallacy increasing fixed-time jobs and reducing the value of both labor and enterprises. I have the sensation that Mr. Monti is insisting on this liberist roadmap also because he is not used to handle the real problems of labor’.