Finding work is becoming more and more difficult: young people are struggling to find their place in the world, and the results are not always up to their expectations. There are those who have to fend for themselves and those who prefer to wait rather than settle for what they find. The pandemic caused by Covid-19, in many countries, has considerably aggravated the situation: many people have lost their jobs and found themselves forced to accept any job – and under any conditions – in order to to get out of it. But how is it that, even if some employers are looking for staff, they cannot find anyone?
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The story that we are going to tell you is certainly not an isolated case and, despite the urgency of finding a job, some people prefer to refuse it: why? Because wages and working conditions are anything but favorable. Ricardo Range is a farmer who lost $50 million due to a lack of workers. But whose fault is it? Ricardo is a farmer from Eldorado, in the province of Mtatiisiones, Argentina. He lost a huge amount of money because he couldn’t find anyone to work in his fields, harvesting citrus fruits. 1.5 million kilos of lemons and 200,000 kilos of oranges were thrown away. According to Ricardo and others, the fault lies with the government subsidies that many unemployed workers receive: they are too competitive with the wages offered to employees.
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Why do manual labor – and therefore work considered “minor”, such as work in the fields – if the state provides a higher income? It is not interesting for people to do seasonal work because they lose state aid and have to wait longer to benefit from it again. We don’t know what the salary Ricardo offered, what working conditions were offered to potential employees, so we don’t know why no one was interested in the position. But Ricardo lost a lot of money and he hopes he won’t have to face a similar situation in the future. In your opinion, why do many young people refuse a job? Are they right to do so or must they work “at all costs”?
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