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The Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, at the end of the extraordinary conference of the G20 leaders on Afghanistan, held a press conference at the multifunctional hall of Palazzo Chigi. Rome (Italy), October 12th, 2021 (Photo by Massimo Di Vita/Archivio Massimo Di Vita/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Not even at the time when Giulio Tremonti’s maneuver was fired in ten minutes, a CDM ended with a choral applause, which is already news considering the rough tones that accompanied the tiring negotiation. This also reveals a certain ability of Mario Draghi in understanding the real “weight” of each one, or rather the real margins of action between those who were almost threatening a crisis and those who were threatening a general strike. At the bottom (of the applause) there is first of all the result of a “turning point” maneuver, the first in some time now. Which marks the transition from the logic of refreshments to development, made possible also by how the pandemic was fought, according to the line of vaccination “firmness”, also confirmed in the increase in funds to health which, essentially, means the third dose. Twelve billion are on tax cuts, the rest in the direction of growth, in the direction of “equity”, a word used several times, not surprisingly, by the premier at the press conference.

Read politically, there are two axes, political, but also cultural. The first is the “normalization” of the famous populist finance company, albeit in an unequal way, within a framework that holds firm the European compatibility framework of the accounts and the need to create “good debt” and not public spesaccia to political consensus purposes. Because “quota one hundred” is substantially dismantled, replaced by “quota one hundred and two”, an exception to the Fornero, but valid only for next year. The situation is different for the citizen’s income which, despite all its distortions, was an element of social stability during the pandemic. And it is reformulated to transform it from an indiscriminate and unequal “subsidy” to a tool for entering the labor market, providing for the revocation after the second refusal, a tighter system of controls, a gradual decline in its disbursement for those who refuse the first job offer.

The second concerns the trade unions. Opening up to trade unions. While not accepting the framework of the platform with which they presented themselves at Palazzo Chigi for the “repeal” of Fornero, at the same time it weakens the reasons for the mobilization and offers political recognition. A move in which evidently there is the will to avoid a conflict and the awareness of how much, in this phase, it is necessary to hold together a country in which a thousand tensions and squares winding through that act as detonators of a wider malaise of the specific object.

“Dialogue” is often an empty word, which often translates into a ritual as an end in itself. The dialogue proposed by Draghi is neither a ritual nor an ancient concertation. However, it is an interlocution on fundamental points, within a framework of compatibility: the “contribution” regime is not under discussion, says the premier, but in this framework it “opens” to corrections, confrontation on the fundamental point of “flexibility” at the exit. And the very disappearance of quota “one hundred and four” or “centrotre”, another flag that concerns a minimum quota of workers is a step in this direction. In other words, there is a transitional period, in which the quota system is overcome and allows a real discussion on flexibility and strenuous jobs, on which more resources are already being allocated to the voice of the social Ape and the Woman option. It will not be the “great reform” invoked by the triple with a certain rigidity but it is a horizon of reforms in the given conditions.

Just as, and this is the other relevant point, the willingness to discuss the eight billion tax cuts “with Parliament and the social partners” is an openness. A move that at the same time postpones the problem because that allocation will be the subject of a negotiation between who – the center-right – will ask for the IRAP cut and who – left and trade unions – interventions on the tax wedge. But also realistic, in the given conditions. After all, very political, in which there is not the arrogance of the technician who offers a closed package by virtue of the emergency situation, but the awareness of the “political” pre-eminence of the government. And therefore also a certain adaptation, or compromise if you prefer (by the way, how far the verbal apocalypse is in favor of mutual supporters on the Zan Ddl).

It is complicated to strike against this maneuver, in the face of this approach, transforming the applause of the CDM into whistles in the squares and presenting as a defeat what the center-left parties celebrate as a victory, by the Democratic Party which sees the social commitment recognized on usuring and social safety nets and the Five Stars that keep the income, albeit resold and correct, but not “dismantled” as a hundred. And it is complicated because the maneuver speaks to the world of work, that is precisely to that constituency that one would like to mobilize and that Fiom has already mobilized for eight hours (difficult to think without the blessing of its former secretary who became secretary of the CGIL). There is room for a rethink without a reverse appearing.


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