Some years ago Paolo Villaggio, the actor that made his fortune playing "Fantozzi", commented that:
"In the '60s, when I wrote the first stories of Fantozzi, he was a parody - the workers had plenty of power and would not have withstood the crap he swallowed.
But in these last 30 years, our country has grown poorer, the unions weak and the work force disenfranchised.
He does not look like a parody any more - he is just another poor sap, trying to hold dear to the shit job he has in a country that mostly offers nothing, occasionally worse and virtually never anything better."
Of course, the guy had just to sell his sailing boat to pay some debts -much he earned, and more he spent - so he might have been to be taken with a grain of salt.
But one of my late uncles told me the same fifteen years ago, about the work conditions of his son
- "had they asked this crap to me when I was his age, I'd immediately walked off the place and looked for another job. "