Dear Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament,
I've just seen your banner (see above), and have two messages for you. First the good news: I like the graphics. Nice font choice, a captivating and dynamic colour harmony. Well done.
However, I'm afraid it's almost the end of what you've done fine. Following is the list of what is wrong (or unclear) in your message.
1. European Social Fund cofinances job rotation schemes.
Where do you think the ESF resources come from? From the taxpayers. That is, from the pockets of your fellow citizens and from the balance sheets of their employers. Money that is in the ESF is missing somewhere else. Your fellow citizens have less to spend; their employers have less money to hire new workers and to invest.
2. If a worker goes to training, a long-term unemployed person takes over while he or she is gone, you claim.
Bad news: it will never work the way you imagine. Reasonable employers never scramble to hire people that have been employed for a long time. Workers like that usually possess inferior skills, and, to be honest, also inferior enthusiasm for work.
Sadly, there are lots of the long-term unemployed. With generous unemployment benefits in many EU countries, there are whole classes of people who gave in and got used to career unemployment. The benefits also cost a lot: again, it's the money that are missing from your fellow citizens' wallets and from their employers' balance sheets.
3. Rights to parental leave + Flexible working hours + job sharing...
… should accomplish what exactly?
Parental leave does not create jobs. Neither do flexible working hours. And job sharing? It sounds like much fuss about nothing.
4. Three years age as the mandatory school agencies
I'm very sorry, but I'm not sure whether this is socialist or fascism, or perhaps both. In any case, forcing kids to go to preschool care centers on a mandatory basis is an abomination that almost leaves me speechless. I'm glad I did not live in your Brave New World in my childhood – and hope my descendants will never experience it, either.
5. No discrimination in access to jobs, training, services, housing
Very well. Discrimination is always bad. Whether it concerns the ethnicity, religion, sex, whatever, discrimination is both morally and economically wrong. Whites or blacks, men or women, no group should be given any sort of advantage. The merit alone should decide. Can we agree on that? Is it absolutely clear or not quite clear?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
With warmest regards,
The Creature who Dwells in Details