Addio Italia

Firstly Sir Basil Metabolism writes from The Setting Sun Retirement Home, Rorks Drift Road, Exmouth to castigate me about my spelling of Exmouth which I erroneously typed as Exemouth. He tells me he has had  young Subalterns horse whipped for lesser offenses and demands an apology for the many residents of Exmouth. He of course has it.

On August 9th Fabrizio Pedroni walked around his factory near Modena in Northern Italy wishing his 40+ employees a pleasant 3 week holiday and that he would see them on their return.

That night he started to dismantle his factory, machine by machine and move the entire operation to Poland whilst his workers were hurtling south to enjoy the delights of Puglia.  If I had told them he said they would have seized the plant and the courts would do nothing to stop them. His company Firem which makes electrical components has not made money since 2008 and faced bankruptcy.

He joins 737 other Italian companies since 2009 that have moved to Poland and they all cite the same reasons for leaving Italy. Arcane labour laws, high business taxes and  union regulations making workers unproductive.

Italy is 128th in the OECD global productivity list just behind Burkino Faso. No I didn’t either but to save you the trouble I looked it up and it is a land locked State in West Africa lurking somewhere just north of Nigeria if that helps. Don’t worry, you are not alone 2,000 people returning from  holidays on Cyprus were asked to point to Cyprus on a map and 53% got it wrong.

Fabrizio is joining some big boys in bidding Italia farewell ( addio) as well as 27,000 other Italian companies moving elsewhere since 2011 . Indesit are busy moving to Poland as I write though they did consult the government and the unions. I think somebody might have noticed if they were no longer around. Dare I say the government would have gone into a spin ! ( Washing machines ….)

Fiat a couple of years back released some productivity figures that showed 22,000 workers in Italy made 650,000 cars a year and just 6,100 workers made 600,000 cars in Poland. Their Naples plant has the lowest car manufacturing productivity numbers in the world ! Still they make exceedingly good music down there

A little quiet in the household today. At a farewell dinner last night for the Torinese that return home to Turin on Saturday though hopefully not to find their workplaces have moved to Poland.

Thirty four around a huge table and just after the cozze ( mussels ) were served the Cantori Di Villa Castelli jumped up from the bottom of the table and begun to entertain us in-between courses.

My two Nonne told me as they sang along that before TV there always seemed to be someone at both lunch and  dinner that could  play the accordion and would entertain everyone whilst the food was served or cleared away. Of course being good Italians the performers sat back down and ate the courses . Here are the boys on youtube

We finally got away at 2 a.m. and luckily the grandchildren from hell at our neighbours next door went to the beach today otherwise murder might have been done.

About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally Thomas Cook. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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