Italians may have to say goodbye to life-long job security

March 23, 2012

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CGIL, Italy's biggest labor union, says they will protest the new bill making it easier to fire employees.

In Italy, having a job for life is as Italian as pasta or a cappuccino. But that may not be the case for much longer. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has proposed changes to the Italian labor law which would make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees. It’s part of a series of reforms meant to end decades of stagnant growth. Currently, the only way to fire an employee is if the entire company fails. Italy’s cabinet meets today to decide whether or not to fast track the measure. Worldview talks with Alberto Alesina, professor of political economy at Harvard University, about the potential consequences of the reform.