Change is coming

Budget-crushing labor practices must be altered to save economies

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In the category of “I’d love to have that deal, but what if everyone did?”:

Europe’s highest court ruled last week that workers who get sick while on vacation are entitled to more vacation to make up for it.

“The purpose of entitlement to paid annual leave is to enable the worker to rest and enjoy a period of relaxation and leisure,” the Court of Justice of the European Union explained in its ruling involving department store workers in Spain – but which is applicable across the 27 countries of the European Union.

Even The New York Times report seemed aghast.

“With much of Europe mired in recession, governments struggling to reduce budget deficits and officials trying to combat high unemployment,” the paper writes, “the ruling is a reminder of just how hard it is to shake up long-established and legally protected labor practices that make it hard to put more people to work and revive sinking economies.”

You think?

The court had previously ruled that a European worker could reschedule a vacation if he or she gets sick beforehand; this ruling means you can call in sick from the beach and stop the clock on your vacation time!

How’d you like to have that deal?

Then again, how’d you like your economy to be in a shambles? It’s unsustainable policies and laws and rulings such as these that have led to the financial and social and political tumult we’re seeing in Western Europe today.

In Greece, the grandfather of democracy, they have officially run out of other people’s money – and thousands lined up last week for emergency donations of fruits and vegetables from farmers in Crete.

“From a bonus for showing up to work to a dead father’s pension going to an unmarried daughter, arcane benefits bloat Greece’s budget by billions of euros a year,” Reuters news agency warned in 2010.

“While the law protects civil servants from dismissal, it allows them to retire with a pension in their 40s.”

They made a fuss when it was proposed to raise the overall average retirement age to 63.

Change is coming. They can make all the decrees and laws they like, but in the end the laws of economics must be obeyed.

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Techfan
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Techfan 06/30/12 - 05:16 am
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If I counted right, this is a

If I counted right, this is a list of 77 countries. 76 guarantee workers some time off. Guess which nations doesn't. Vietnam, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, heck, even Iran, Malaysia, and China have laws guaranteeing workers some time off. Not the US. Workers here are guaranteed zero holidays, zero vacation days, zero sick days.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statutory_minimum_employment_leave_...

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Riverman1 06/30/12 - 07:19 am
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TechFan, An Amazing List

I checked TechFan's wiki link and it is an amazing list. I encourage everyone to view the astounding benefits the other countries have. Of course he and I probably disagree on the significance. He is absolutely right that most countries give a month or more off, plus holidays and so on. Some mandate raises.

How in the world can a business function giving employees all that time off? I can clearly see why our capitalistic economy is the engine for the world.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/30/12 - 07:50 am
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It's amazing how the rest of

It's amazing how the rest of the world can even function by requiring some R & R for their workers. Keep lowering pay, pressing workers to increase productivity, give less time off, less benefits. Living the American dream.

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dichotomy 06/30/12 - 07:53 am
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Yeh Techfan, the countries on

Yeh Techfan, the countries on that list aren't exactly the most desireable places to live but if you like their time off policies I am sure you are welcome to move to one of them. Most of them don't have much of an economy to begin with so time off is not a big problem. And Europe.....well yes they get a lot of time off and their versions of Obamacare and that probably explains their ongoing finanacial collapse.

The Utopia seeking Democrats in this country are not intelligent enough to look 20 or 25 years down the the road and do the math even when their is a mirror that can see into the future right across the Atlantic.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 06/30/12 - 08:37 am
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Hatin'

Techie we all know Liberals hate America...I have yet to meet a happy Lib. But for the life of me I can't figure out why Libs insist that the system be changed to the point that we're all as miserable as they are?

jic
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jic 06/30/12 - 09:40 am
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when you contract with an

Unpublished

when you contract with an employer (even in this country) you earn sick leave and you earn some paid annual leave (if the employer is worth his salt). As usual, AC is making a mountain out of a mole hill. The only thing they did was allow you to exercise your right to not have to spend your vacation time in the hospital. If you have earned sick leave, you may use it and renegotiate you annual leave. What is the big deal?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/30/12 - 11:53 am
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Sick Leave??

I have heard of such a concept.

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KSL 06/30/12 - 11:12 pm
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Unfortunately my husband's

Unfortunately my husband's business doesn't offer sick leave. After my husband had open heart surgery to correct a birth defect on a Tues. morning, he was found by his surgeon coming to sign his discharge papers the following Fri. morning to be working, reviewing engineering plans. When sick leave is generous, people abuse it. When disability is generous, people not only abuse it, they out right violate it.

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