Italian Firm Fires Only Women Axed workers can stay home to look after kids, company says By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Jul 1, 2011 1:51 AM CDT 10 comments Comments Protesters call for greater dignity for Italian women at a demonstration in Milan earlier this year. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Call it the Berlusconi-zation of Italy. Italian engineering firm Ma-Vib, faced with a downturn in sales, decided that its women workers didn't need their jobs as much as the men did. The company fired 13 out of 18 women employees while all 12 of its male employees kept their jobs, the Guardian reports. "We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income," the company told the local small business association, according to an engineering union official. The union called a strike to protest the sexist jobs cull, but only one of the male workers took part.