The old man advances

January 29, 2012 by

Il vecchio che avanza

There is nothing wrong with wanting to work even when you are already retired. And 'however dishonest it does at the expense of the youngest, also pretending not to realize it. It also happens in the world of journalism - urea, if it happens! - But it is a scandal in which too many people close their eyes to the corporate spirit. So, given that for a few days in this part there is a judgment of the Court of Cassation that legitimizes this practice in my opinion unhealthy, it is perhaps appropriate to begin to discuss it without mince words, to clarify and try to put some stake, ethical even before legal.

Let's start with the facts. In Libya, following the war of 2011- and as reporters, not of commentators' - there were several distinguished colleagues pensioners, who once again did not want to give up the thrill of being in the forefront, without thinking too much for the fact that thus ended up stealing the daily bread to many freelance and temporary workers who, almost always at the expense of them - and often without life insurance - were convinced to find hell of Misrata Sirte or some job opportunities, saw the skinny panorama that characterizes long services abroad in the Italian press. I mention no names for love of country, but some - among them retired luxury - had made arrangements with several newspapers, as well as radio and TV, with bulimia to make sense; to the point of being forced to sit in the hotel often, to keep up with all his clients, even if it meant begging the day's news from freelance colleagues. It happens to the foreign, but not only. And it is a growing practice.

Nothing illegal, heaven forbid. Especially since the savage practice of forced early retirement has expelled from the newsrooms a large number of colleagues in the full force of their physical and intellectual, can still can make a valuable contribution to the publications for which they worked. I find therefore legitimate that these colleagues want to continue working. It pleases me, frankly, if they can. I find, however, just that they are used with the same tasks as before: that they continue to do the reporters, correspondents, or even - and it happens, it happens - who work at the desk. It 'obvious fact that such use is convenient to the editor - so that saves, and not a little - but it is equally obvious that doing so blocks the turnover in newsrooms and reduces more and more the employability of young journalists, which are (for this reason) forced to hunger. That journalists-retirees do so commentators or columnists, if they get the chance. and capabilities. But let's stop, please, with this unhealthy practice, which generates an absurd war between young and old, which does not feel the need, especially at this time.

It 'true, in a ruling recently the Court of Cassation ruled that there is nothing wrong with "heap", disavowing so a rule was also introduced by INPGI and that reduced the amount of pension for people receiving income from work of more than 20 thousand euro per year. But frankly I would not go so proud of this judgment, neither the call "historical", as does the Journalists Union Retirees . In my opinion this is not a defensible judgment. And I can not give reason to those who they pick on the "old hands" of preparation, that instead of the "noble fathers" of this profession become "stepfathers" whose behavior, if only from an ethical, is decidedly reprehensible. We want to talk, or we continue to make like ostriches?

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