An internship and apprenticeship reform underwent

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Uncertain, long term, underpaid, is the job as the younger generations know it. It is unlikely, in Italy, to be young and become a worker without ending up as an intern.

It is impossible, in our country, to access the job market without going through the trap of precariousness.

To ask for a reform of the instruments of entry into the labor market, in view of the international day of the intern, a delegation of young activists handed over 60 thousand signatures collected on Change.Org with the petition to the minister of labor and social policies “The internship is not a job, we want rights!”.

The proposed reform of the internship and apprenticeship was born when with the pandemic, in the course of just one year, the opportunities to access the job market were halved.

The Young Democrats of Milan and many other territories, ‘The frustrated intern’ and associations from all over Italy, have started a listening campaign that talks about the need for work and quality work also for young people, have worked to transform the need to stop exploitation in a legislative initiative.

There are many boys and girls who have decided to tell their direct experience and who, by signing the petition, ask for an internship with a fair mandatory fee and more protections, which can be activated during training and at the latest in the first months following.

At the same time, they argue the need to stimulate recourse to apprenticeships, a contract that already guarantees the contributions, illness and rights denied by the internship, requesting a simplification.

The contrast to the growing affirmation of precarious, poor and discontinuous forms of work is an urgency for the younger generations and also for our economy: the stability, training and professional growth of workers determine the competitive advantage of companies.

Attention to the proposal by each institutional level, listening to and setting up a working group on youth policies by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies are positive signs. It is important, however, to keep a light always on on the rights of finite generations too often at the bottom of the commitments of the institutions.

The challenge of the reforms that must accompany the use of EU Next Generation funds should focus on reducing new and consolidated inequalities.

In this sense, it is essential to restore rights to the new generations: the right to housing, to health, including psychological ones, access to welfare measures.

Of all, work must go back to being a right, to stop being a privilege, to stop being exploitation.

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