THE Spanish Government Minister, Mr. Pimentel, proposed
putting a stop to early retirement, that wretched trap which denies human
dignity which many companies resort to save costs; substituting veterans for
young freshers prepared to slog away for a more meagre salary and a less stable
contract. The State regulated early retirement, with the intention of freeing
many companies from the suspension of payments, however, they have considered it
as a safeconduct of overhead application. Nowadays, companies who are
embarrassed by their position on the tax assessment tables resort to offering
people early-retirement, with an ease which scrapes immorality, knowing that the
State will pay the costs of a measure, which applied away from cases where it is
strictly necessary, appears more like the eugenics which the nazis advocated. In
Spain, Telefónica put forward plans to give early retirement to forty
two-year-old employees, not considering the obedience and capacity of its
employees to fall into line; declaring through pious euphemism that new
technologies make the workforce unnecessary.
companies which practice early retirement recommend those hopeless workers to
drive their depression away by recycling 'themselves', that is by working for a
voluntary organisation, taking part in neighbourhood associations or helping out
as altar boys at mass. Excuse the cynicism, but this is a subject which stirs me
up a little.'
retirement is always perverse, against its etymology, as it makes age, something
which should be the proudest part of anybody's curriculum vitae, into a defect.
A humanistic concept of work denies man as the corner stone in the production
process, however, the carnivorous system, which we have all exalted, relegates
to a mere obsolete machine. I hope that one day we become ashamed for having
caused this sordid discredit of Man.'
Manuel de Prada