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I read the whole thread and is depressing. Damn bastards!
I can understand (and with reserves) when comapnies are in trouble but I cannot accept an even small company with a sane businnes firing people if they are not guilty of severe problems.
In IT this seems to me every year more frequent: fire "old" technicians to hire younger ones (tipically with worst contracts) or outsourcing wildly.
The phenomenon is very different and has different human consequences in distinct parts of the world: here in Eataly (yes Eataly!) is very different between northern and southern regions too. Many coworkers (tech people mostly, someone very good ones) from Milan quit en masse after the Spaghetti Company Merge. I'm near to 50, I'm not a guru at all, I'm not even super specialized in shining new technologies, I have a partime contract... in my sweet Roma I have few or no possibility to get another job for the same money. Or a job at all.
Trade unions? Here they are at least incompetent and prone to the Owner Will.
The moneycentric approach of most companies trascended the industrial idea of a (saner) capitalism. They loose in quality and they dont even know. Managers suppose their clouds and graphics about workflow are the world but infact they not even represent the real world. Here all tech and business idioms are in English: managers speaks 1/3 of their words in English even during common sentences and they dont know the Bus Factor. Shame!
Where is gone the responsability of the Company toward their workers? It is possible for a society to spit out from the work world techincians with decades of experience? They have to load even more the (where it exists) non-work money assistence paid by everyone? Are we living in a technologic era or what? When someone of your experience is fired, in a sane society, I would expect a call from Tech Ministry proposing a new position for the next Monday. SciFi.
Feeling bad for coworkers left in the shit? Well.. human empathy is a good thing, but wait you caused nothing of this! Dont fall in (auto)commiseration with no reason to be: you are the same of yesterday and you have done the same harm of yestaerday, ie: probably none.
So, as you were used at work to send binary messages with your hands, if you see your boss tell him printf '%010b',132 from my part!
My best wishes for a productive and wealthy future.
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