Jobless clubs

by Lorenzo Piccoli

Support groups for the unemployed are a new form of solidarity, spontaneously created by people who were out of work to combat loneliness and depression. They fill the void created by the virtual disappearance of trade unions and the absence of collective movements. This is a great lessons for Italian and European trade unions, which – I think – are stuck in the political battles of the 1970s and do not realize they are completely loosing touch.