Oslo says no gracias to Spanish hopefuls

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SADLY frying pan fire comes to mind. Enthused by the television series Españoles en el mundo (Spaniards around the world) many unemployed Spaniards have packed their bag and headed north to Norway.

They are also heading for disappointment and soup kitchens.

Their presence, along with other euro-refugees creates huge social problems.

These affect not only their own homelands, deprived of the younger generation’s skills, but to host countries like Norway that lack the infrastructure to deal with the influx.

It seems Norway doesn’t want them.

It is reported that Spaniards, even those skilled and available for jobs advertised are finding their qualifications unrecognized. Doors are closed and the welcome as cool as the Norwegian winter weather.

Crash landing

THE term, ‘you couldn’t make it up’ comes to mind.

The runways of the multi-million Euro airport at Castellón – inaugurated in April 2011, but yet to see any planes – are to be torn up.

As they are too narrow for a taxiing airliner to manoeuvre it is back to the drawing board.

To cap it all the private contractor who won the deal to run the air terminal for 50 years is demanding €80 million for the contract’s cancellation. These clots are running Europe.

Job’s worth

A JOB for life was never going to be a solution to Spain’s employment problems.

It excludes job seekers and encourages sloth and incivility.

A constant refrain heard is the bad attitude displayed by many Spanish civil servants. As one Spaniard put it to me; nothing short of murder would lose them their jobs.

The new Spanish government’s far-ranging reforms of the labour section are condemned by some unions; well they would wouldn’t they.

The fact is that Spain is part of the European Union. Unless its labour laws are realistic and workers are singing in chorus with their competitors they haven’t a snowflake’s chance in hell of getting through the crisis.

I would say however that reform should be applied equally to politicians and pin-striped bankers.

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