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State Serfs of Spain, UNITE!

Pablo Díaz de Rábago

November 25, 2009

If the government were to truly recover its social (I still believe that “socialist” comes from “social” and not from that Marxist’s utopia, and so do voters) it would recognize that the current system

(i) alienates the youth (you only need to look at young unemployment figures) and at best provides young with 6-month “rubbish contracts” (a modern equivalent to serfdom) which immediately disappear when output declines.

(ii) Creates a bourgeois unionized class comprised mainly of workers in the public sector and in monopolies and oligopolies, with no real interest in the State Serfs.

(iii) Works against nature by making Labor regulation rigid and costly, and thus fosters unemployment.
Europe should condition further Spanish economic support (e.g. via withholding of development funds or Spanish Banks’ access to ECB funding or via any other mechanism) to changes that suppress (i) temporary contracts and (ii) union veto and control of labor negotiations.

It is a paradox of present labor regulation stalemate that Trade Unions (that do not represent workers, and even less if Spanish jobless are considered workers or potential workers and not considered what they are today i.e. State Serfs) have kidnapped the current government.

I still find incredible that socialists enjoy a strong support from young Spaniards, maybe it is the modern expression of Spanish masochism?
But even more incredible is the argument of government and trade unions to support 20% of State Serfs.

Have we reached Utopia or are we back to pre 1917 Russia?

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