Landini: “Despised work, democratic stability is at risk in Italy

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“I have made many pickets, even very hard ones, in my union life. I blocked the trucks in the squares to prevent the delivery of goods during the disputes, I clashed with the bosses and the bosses, I shouted to convince the workers to strike. But never, ever have I seen a truck driver force a picket, run over workers to the point of killing one. I have never seen anything like this ”. Maurizio Landini weighs and punctuates the words in an interview with the Republic.

And he adds:

“We are facing a crumbling of the social fabric, a barbarization of human relations. Thus the stability of democracy is also put at risk. Ours is a democratic republic – it is written in the Constitution – founded on work. But now the exploitation of work, job insecurity, job insecurity dominates. We have gone from job protection to contempt for work. Let’s try to put in line three recent news stories: the tampered warp machine on which poor Luana worked, the braking systems of the Mottarone cable car also tampered with, and finally the death of Adil. They are linked by the same logic: the time of life and work is bent to the market and profit and not to the centrality of the person. This absence of social bonds also jeopardizes the democratic stability of a country. Where are we going? ”.

“The pandemic has accelerated everything, accentuating the forms of inequality, between rich and poor, between protected and precarious, between men and women, between young and old, between North and South. At the same time it has brought out the value of the welfare state”, he adds Landini.

″ A metamorphosis of the relationship between capital and labor has been going on for more than twenty years. Until now, the logic of the market and profit has prevailed and so work has been progressively devalued: low wages, cuts in investments in research and innovation, poor training, stagnant productivity. And it didn’t happen by chance. A sequence of laws has brought us to where we are: the intermediation of labor, once prohibited, has been re-legitimized; the infinite chain of contracts has been legalized with the logic of maximum discount, to guarantee the earnings of companies but not the rights and dignity of those who work. The jungle we find ourselves in arises from a series of wrong laws. The CGIL opposed all this and put forward alternative proposals ”.

And, therefore, explains the importance of next Saturday’s demonstration.

“On June 26th we also go to the streets to ask for an extension of the blockade – continues Landini-. There will be three demonstrations: we ask for the extension of the blockade, the extension of social safety nets and to encourage alternative routes to layoffs, from solidarity contracts to expansion contracts. The government will convene us and restart the social dialogue so we will build a better Italy – explains Landini – In the seventies, with the Workers’ Statute, Parliament understood the centrality of work. Today we must recover that spirit: a new Statute with the recognition of the same rights to people who have to work to live. The CGIL has presented in Parliament a bill of popular initiative, we are ready to confront everyone. But we also need a law that measures the effective representation of trade unions and employers, to extend the effectiveness of national contracts to everyone ”.

“We ask Draghi not to keep those stupid laws, to innovate. Exactly as it did in the public sector – thanks to the initiative of Cgil, Cisl and Uil – with the Simplifications decree which binds the winning company of the contract to guarantee the workers of the subcontractors the same regulatory and economic treatments and the application of the same national sector contract. This law is extended to all contracts in the private sector ”, concludes the CGIL leader.


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