Merit is certainly discriminatory, that’s fine.
By many people in Italy it is considered arbitrary, a scam.
But the real rip-off is to treat brilliant and lazy people in the same way as we do in Italy.
However, I don’t know any alternatives: the more an organisation is meritocratic, the higher is the chances of reaching levels of excellence.
In conclusion, if excellence is a real value, the Italians have to overcome the basic mistrust of merit, otherwise they will continue to keep their seniority pay increase, in which the only “merit” is aging, the maximum of the bureaucratic concept of work.
If the world does not accept our approximation, as it has been for decades, why are our energies directed only in finding a scapegoat?
Only excellent people win, all the others bites the dust.