A tale of a rigid labour market, filled with outdated unions that prevent the free market from working: poor Portuguese company Cinterex had to pay this Danish "socialist tax" just because it was right-sizing the labour force and paying the
"The union 3F helped uncover the poor salaries offered to Cinterex staff, who were officially being paid 115 kroner an hour."
that's more than 15€ an hour, it's sheer generosity!
"Cinterex was not paying its staff for all of their hours, however, bringing their average wage down to around 70 kroner an hour before tax."
I'm sure they were slacking, and 70 Kroner is almost 10€, more than enough!
"3F also discovered that Cinterex was docking its employees' salaries by 9,500 kroner per month to cover food and housing even though that agreement was not included in the employees' contracts."
"Contracts", "colective agreements", "rights", this is madness! Cinterex made available ample spaces where workers could mingle - in fact, they could mingle all night since rooms were stocked with 5 of them - and somehow this monolithic, outdate 3F union chastises this entrepeneurs for chaging a small fee!
I'm going to write an email to Subir Lall and the rest of the Gang of Three, this sort of thing shouldn't be allowed in Europe. Companies like Cinterex are the blood of the economy and should be nurtured - fortunately for us here in Portugal they have ample support from the EU, ECB and IMF, otherwise we would be doomed.
Oh, and Happy Christmas! For Cinterex in particular I hope that you get all you deserve!
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The time-lapse video starts with the standard Earth view of the Moon. Quickly, though, Mare Orientale, a large crater with a dark center that is difficult to see from the Earth, rotates into view just below the equator. From an entire lunar month condensed into 24 seconds, the video clearly shows that the Earth side of the Moon contains an abundance of dark lunar maria, while the lunar far side is dominated by bright lunar highlands. Two new missions are scheduled to begin exploring the Moon within the year, the first of which is NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE, which launched just over a week ago, is scheduled to begin orbiting the Moon in October and will explore the thin and unusual atmosphere of the Moon. In a few months, the Chinese Chang'e 3 is scheduled to launch, a mission that includes a soft lander that will dispatch a robotic rover.
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