A very broad statement amigo.<quoted text>
There should be a "safety net" it should be time limited, you should be drug tested, you should prove that you are actively seeking employment on your own and if you have no marketable skills, you should be provided training opportunities.
Personally, I've worked several places where there were lay offs and I never got laid off. It's a companies way of shaking off the fleas and ticks, the leeches and the dead weight. If you're competent and work hard you won't get laid off.
General Motors' forecasted sales halved from 2008 to 2009 (this changed, they found fessible markets in Russia and in China). I know that for a fact, because we produced a jack and catalytic converter for every single GM car that ran off the line.
The plant I was in had 192 employees in August 2008. By February 2009, there was less than 80.
I can assure you that a great many of the men and woman laid off where assets to the company