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Italian Firm's Women-Only Job Cull Inflames Gender Controversy

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/30/italian-firm-women-job-cuts

An engineering firm in northern Italy has sparked controversy after making almost half its workforce redundant – and selecting only women.

A union official quoted the company as having reported to the small businesses association: "We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income."

No one at the company, Ma-Vib, which is based in Inzago near Milan, could be reached for comment.

With Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, on trial for paying an underage prostitute, there is a continuing and lively debate over the status of Italian women, which some international surveys suggest is abnormally low in comparison with the rest of Europe. In February, there were demonstrations in more than 250 cities around the world in defence of the dignity of Italy's women.

"In this country, at the government and company level, there is always the same old thinking – that it is preferable that women stay at home", said Maria Sciancati, general secretary of the FIOM engineering union.

Could you imagine the law suits here in the UK if this happened! Amazing that EU laws only seem to apply in the UK.

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/employment_and_social_policy/equality_between_men_and_women/index_en.htm

Equality between women and men is one of the fundamental principles of Community law. The European Union�s (EU) objectives on gender equality are to ensure equal opportunities and equal treatment for men and women and to combat any form of discrimination on the grounds of gender. The EU has adopted a two-pronged approach to this issue, combining specific measures with gender mainstreaming. The issue also has a strong international dimension with regard to the fight against poverty, access to education and health services, taking part in the economy and in the decision-making process, women's rights and human rights.

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Could you imagine the law suits here in the UK if this happened! Amazing that EU laws only seem to apply in the UK.

Think you might be reading the Wail a bit too much. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1970, the UK joined the EEC in 1973, and the Sex Discrimination Act was passed in 1975. Amazingly enough, countries outside of the EEC also passed sex discrimination legislation around this time.

The breakdown of the rule of law in Italy says more about Italy than the EU or the UK.

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Think you might be reading the Wail a bit too much. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1970, the UK joined the EEC in 1973, and the Sex Discrimination Act was passed in 1975. Amazingly enough, countries outside of the EEC also passed sex discrimination legislation around this time.

The breakdown of the rule of law in Italy says more about Italy than the EU or the UK.

+1. You think our politicians are crap? Just look at what they've got.

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