BLOODY HELL! – Italy is leading the way in workplace innovation:
Italy could soon become the first Western country to offer paid “menstrual leave” to female workers.
Health experts and local media outlets have praised the proposal, saying it was a step in the right direction and would shed light on the silent plight of women suffering from debilitating cramps that can sometimes affect their ability to work.
The Italian version of Marie Claire described it as “a standard-bearer of progress and social sustainability.”
But the bill also has critics, including women who fear this sort of measure could backfire and end up stigmatizing them.
Writing in Donna Moderna, another women’s magazine, Lorenza Pleuteri argued that if women were granted extra paid leave, employers would be even more reluctant to hire women, in a country where women already struggle to integrate the workforce.
Not wanting to get crucified by any angry female TDC readers, I would only comment from the economic point of view: Europe is dying demographically and declining economically; it’s southern, Mediterranean-facing half in particular strife, with the chickens of traditionally lackadaisical attitudes to work, taxation and governance coming home to roost. Paying people more money to work less and produce less, no matter for what reason and how well intentioned, is hardly the answer to the existential challenges facing European societies; quite the opposite, it’s one of the reasons we got here in the first place. But anaesthetised by decades of big daddy state and la dolce vita on credit, Europe continues downwards on a spiral of denial, unheeding and unstopped.