“It is not up to Confindustria to decide who works”

“I hope it’s the heat.” Thus the secretary of the CGIL Maurizio Landini in an interview with the Press comments on Confindustria’s proposal to ban non-vaccinated people from entering the company and to suspend them from salary. The proposal was contained in an internal email and was to remain confidential but yesterday it was revealed by the newspaper Il Tempo.

“A stretch,” Landini defines it. “In this pandemic year, workers have always gone to the factory safely. Respecting the protocols and the rules of distancing. It is not the companies that have to determine who enters and who leaves. A choice of this type can only be made by the government. The workers were the first, during the pandemic, to ask for security, even going on strike to obtain it. I got vaccinated and I am because everyone gets vaccinated. But here, let’s face it, we are faced with a stretch. It should never be forgotten that workers are citizens and have the rights and duties of all citizens. Confindustria, rather, is concerned with enforcing the agreements against dismissals ».

«We are faced with companies that close their Italian factory and continue production elsewhere. In some cases, refusing, as has happened in recent days, to discuss with the government and institutions », Landini observes. How to prevent it? «Underlining that these are attitudes that go against the Italian institutions. Which is responsible for protecting the work and our productive fabric. We need an industrial policy that promotes investments in Italy and that makes previously delocalized work return here ».

«It is not sovereignty. It is putting work in Italy at the center. And this is especially true today, in the heart of a profound transformation of our industrial and economic system. There are new products for a new way of living. For example, electric buses, hydrogen trains will we have to buy them abroad or will we be able to produce them and sell them to other countries as well? “, Adds the secretary of the CGIL who fears a difficult autumn for work:” It will be if we do not intervene soon ” .

«The first step – explains Landini – must be completed immediately, before the end of July. The government will soon convene us at the table with the companies to enforce the agreement against layoffs. But this must only be the first step. The real question is how to govern the productive reconversion that will change the country in the next 5-10 years. There will be a reconversion in an environmental sense. It will be profound and will need a preventive confrontation between companies and trade unions on strategic choices in a framework of new public industrial policies ».

«Companies and trade unions undertake to consult first on strategic choices and to defend jobs and employment together. A choice of mutual recognition ”, Landini calls it“ co-determination ”. It could help, he is convinced, to prevent conflict: «A possibility, not an obligation. In codetermination there is no obligation to make agreements, otherwise it would not be a union negotiation but an arbitration. It is a choice, that of investing in the negotiated participation of male and female workers ”.

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