No Green Pass, who are Trieste’s dockers and what they want

“Do not trace us as no vax, I am vaccinated and I believe in the vaccine.” Stefano Puzzer, the spokesperson for the Trieste Port Workers Coordination (CLPT) which represents the employees of the Julian port, rejects this label. But the protest carried out by his movement is welcomed by the entire no vax galaxy and seen as a possible turning point to undermine government policies on containing the pandemic.

The entry into force of the mandatory green pass to access jobs, starting from 15 October, is the date marked in red on the calendar. And the mobilization of Trieste dockers, who threaten the total block of activities if this measure is not canceled, risks being replicated also in the ports of Genoa and Gioia Tauro, with millionaire damage to the country’s economy. «The green pass is not a sanitary solution. In favor of compulsory vaccination? I am in favor of people’s free choice. On Friday there will be 30,000 people ». continues Puzzer. Which rejects the mediations proposed by the government and the Ministry of the Interior. “The only opening towards us is to remove the green pass. I don’t see why I have to swab myself otherwise others won’t cash in”.

The Trieste dockers have, in fact, said no to the government proposal which, through a circular, asked the companies in the sector to evaluate the possibility of making free tampons available to staff. An opening that has created splits in the majority, attracting both the negative reactions of those (on the left) asking for a line of firmness to be maintained, such as the Democratic Party which says it is perplexed by the failure of the executive, and of those (on the right ) would like the extension of free tampons to all workers.

A complicated situation also for the League that governs the Region. The president of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Northern League player Massimiliano Fedriga, has in fact reiterated that the blocking of the Trieste airport could cause enormous damage both to the city’s economy and to the workers who earn thanks to the induced. And he proposed “less annoying and do-it-yourself nasal swabs to be carried out with responsible office supervision.”

Genoa, an all-out strike by the dockers and a protest by truck drivers blocking the entrance

The government opening could have been an opportunity for the workers of the Italian ports, without a green pass, to carry out free tests but also, as Piero Mauro Zanin, the president of the regional council of Friuli Venezia Giulia, points out, a solution that it risks causing disparities between different sectors of the economy. A smoothing out of a contingent problem resulting from the strong pressure that the dockers are making and which, for Luigi Merlo, the president of Federlogistica, bends the state to an unacceptable blackmail.

If the obligation of the green pass is not lifted for everyone, therefore, the Trieste workers promise, the airport will be blocked from next Friday. “We strongly reiterate and we want the message to be clear that none of this will cause us to come to terms until the obligation of the green pass to work is lifted, not only for the port but for all categories of workers Wrote the CLPT in a press release Tuesday. Furthermore, «There will be surprises because not only the port of Trieste will stop. We will soon have confirmation ».

In the port, as in the other ports of Italy, the share of workers without green certification is high. 40 percent of Trieste’s dockers would not have the green pass, out of a total of 950. But “850 workers joined the protest,” explains Puzzer. A high number and sufficient to cause serious damage to the airport of the capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia, which is already losing traffic due to the uncertain economic situation. According to the spokesman of the CLPT, the economic consequences of the stop of the activities would however be the result “of the stubbornness of the Italian government alone to maintain this criminal measure”.

The problem of the green pass does not only concern the dockers but also other workers who have to deal with the port on a daily basis, such as transporters, often coming from countries that do not provide certification to the vaccinated. The president of the port authority of Trieste, Zeno D’Agostino, meanwhile, is thinking of resigning if the all-out strike is not lifted. A further element that adds pressure to a story that is now at the center of the political conflict.

In the meantime, out of the dialectic between the parties, the port communiqué is shared thousands of times on social networks and on Telegram chats throughout the galaxy no vax and the like. From the various influencers and politicians closest to these worlds who greet them as heroes of a “resistance” to the phantom health dictatorship and invite them to continue their opposition. These include the former League member MEP, Francesca Donato who on Twitter praises the lucidity, determination and firmness of the dockers or Fabio Dragoni, the entrepreneur who writes for La Verità and believes that what is happening in Trieste is a lesson in civilization. Gianluigi Paragone on Facebook dedicates a live to the dockers who “have shamed the government”, fueling an escalation that, with the approach of 15 October, makes it difficult to foresee a possible agreement.


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