Mass Cuts of Temp Workers Pose a Tough Test for Europe
Anton Filip and his family left Romania two years ago for this mountain village, where they were hired as temporary workers making designer sunglasses for Luxottica SpA. Luxury-goods sales were on the rise, and Luxottica was ramping up production.
Now the boom is over, leaving Mr. Filip and his 21-year-old son out of a job, along with hundreds of others hired under short-term labor contracts at Luxottica. “We were better off in Romania,” says Mr. Filip, 45, who left a steady job as a construction worker there for the better-paying temporary job in Italy.
The Filips are among thousands caught up in a wave of cuts in short-term jobs rippling across Europe. Amid the economic downturn, companies world-wide are shedding jobs.
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