Sunday, December 21, 2008

Solidarity

A colleague of yours needs to take more vacation from work to treat his lung cancer and all of you have renounced to your own vacation to help him. It's moving.

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This afternoon I was flipping through a book when I came across some quotes from women who immigrate to my hometown. One of them is from Morocco. Before she arrived to Italy, she flew to Switzerland and there, at the baggage carousel, she did not dare to take her OWN suitcase fearing the accuse of stealing other passengers' luggage.
She said she stood there for a long time before finding the courage to pick up her luggage.


Another woman told that she did not speak Italian when she moved to Italy. She didn't even know CIAO. She thought this word was a joke. It sounded fun to her.

7 comments:

Moky said...

It's a well known tradition, donating your own sick leave days to another colleague who's got none and needs them... same spirit that makes american volunteer for all sorts of causes.
It's strange to read about people coming into our country as immigrants...

Gao said...

I didn't know it was common to donate one's holidays to support a colleagues.
It's certainly a nice gesture.
But what I find disturbing is that companies - or should I say the social security system - don't provide sufficient time to cure and recover from a serious illness.

Gao said...

By the way, leggo sempre anche l'altro blog, ma ci sono sempre talmente tanti commenti che di solito me ne vado via intimidito senza lasciar traccia. ;-)

Moky said...

Gao, the sick leave you get depends on the company you work for. J gets 4 hours added to his pile every pay period (every 2 weeks), when he was very sick 6 years ago he had about 700 hours of paid seck leave, and he halved them. The social security system has nothing really to do with staying home when you're sick. If you don't have enough sick leave and you're battling a long term illness, you can ask for donation OR go on the unemployment list, and again, depending on your contract, the size of your family, etc, you get a certain amount every week. For most, barely enough to get by. That's why financial advisor always tell you to store up enough "reserve" $$ to be able to survive 6 months without income (mortgage, food, utilities, etc). Most americans don;t so that, unfortunately!

p.s.: social security kicks in when you retire (at 65/70 depending) or become invalid at any age, and again, it depends on your contribution, that is, your salary, over the years!

Moky said...

...a dn, I almost forgot, SS comes in if you croak before retiring age, kinda like the "reversibilita' in Italia...
... (let me just knock on wood...)

Moky said...

Vale, I can't seem to be able to get into your "other" blog... do you know what's going on, by any chance?
And, by the way, I hope you had a good Christmas!!

Crazy time said...

Moky: I do not know what's goin on with my other blog. I do not know if other people cannot visit it. MMHHHHH I have no idea.
(ma mi girano le palle)