Bonuses and elections 2022: will the welfare trend continue?
|The bonuses set aside for workers by the Conte and Draghi governments have not saved Italy, but have provided a lifeline so that many Italians in difficulty have been able to draw breath. In particular, the labour support scheme interventions, extended to pensioners and receivers of universal basic income or furloughed workers, as well as businesses and those actually in work – have helped many professionals to get back into rhythm at a crucial moment. In fact, those who manage to be ahead of the game and ride the positive wave of the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) could do well and reach significant results, professionally speaking.
What is certain is that analysts predict a clear recovery of the Italian economic system.
Post-crisis moments are historically marked by a relaunch, which in this case must deal with the war in the Ukraine and its serious consequences. The energy crisis looming around the corner and the need for rationing presage a hard winter. One-off benefits could stop after the elections at the end of September, when Italians are called to express their preferences on the different programmes and the leaders representing them.
Only the centre-left and the M5S (Five Star Movement) acknowledge support for workers as a priority and plan to integrate the basic minimum wage (and in the case of M5S the universal basic income too), measures which they recognise as having a vital social value for the present and future generations. The other factions do not perceive the need for social protection as crucial and the leaders of the centre-right are concentrating on the tax wedge and on the amnesty concerning tax evasion.
Undoubtedly, workers will not be indifferent to the promises of aid, but the post-election
scenario is an unknown quantity that will only be revealed in the working phase of the new legislature. In the meanwhile, almost all the parties have understood the importance of including the environment in their agendas, which will be decisive for Millennial and Generation Z voters, called to the urns for the first time. Sensibility to social issues and to safeguarding the health of the planet will certainly be the discriminating factors for many voters, particularly among the youngest.
In the same way it is certain that support for the system of labour must be found and that the objectives of the PNRR must be achieved without delay. The remarkable chance on offer to the member states through the European Union’s substantial funding plan requires an effort on the part of Italy to fall within the parameters set by the same EU, but it is a necessary sacrifice, worth making for the future of the country.