The government has come up with a cunning plan to get those unemployed slackers off their sofas and back to work:
They’re going to conscript them into wildfire recovery teams.
El Gobierno tira de los parados para luchar contra el fuego http://t.co/bnAU7fWb
— Público (@publico_es) September 7, 2012
Since we don’t have any industry, any work or any futures, the government thinks the huge swath (hovering about 40% in Almeria) of unemployed may as well get out there with a bucket and spade and clean up the mess left by wildfires. You’re not expected to actually fight the fire, just clean it up, replant the trees and remove the carcasses of the dead tortoises / wild boars / tramps / etc.
The callup would be managed by local townhalls and the call would go out to neighbouring townhalls as well. The local unemployment office would supply a list of potential workers, and the townhalls / Diputaciones would have to provide the equipment.
You’d need a good excuse not to attend the call, but if you’re young and fit you are expected to attend, and if you don’t, you get a black mark which could lead to you losing your unemployment benefit, such as it is.
You only get paid if the townhall decides to extend your hours above a certain limit, although the townhall will have to pay social security and unemployment benefit for you, so that does get topped up, and if you break a leg or inhale too much smoke it will be treated as a work related accident.
Actually, it doesn’t sound that bad an idea…