stories of commuters-precarious school

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“The trips I’m telling you about aren’t made up of romantic sunsets and sunny beaches on which to stretch out and relax, because there’s nothing relaxing when you’re forced to get up at four in the morning every day to chase the hope of a place secure work,” the letter reads.

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The trips I’m telling you about are not made up of romantic sunsets and sunny beaches on which to stretch out and relax, because there is nothing relaxing when you are forced to get up at four in the morning every day to chase the hope of a job Safe.

Come Luisa, who was forced to take a train every morning to go to school in Rome, where she had been summoned. Round trip, the journey of hope, a sacrifice aimed at conquering a safe place that could guarantee her and her family a decent life.

The miraculous summons came like a bolt from the blue. “It was January 7, 2020, I was intent on cleaning up a lady’s veranda, I had recently lost my job, I was doing the cleaning,” Luisa tells us.

She was supposed to leave the next day, so many things to fix, insecurities and worries about her two children, both very small. Those two children aged 4 and 10 to whom she apologizes for her prolonged absence and little time at home. But it is for them that she decides to leave, she faces a three and a half hour journey every day for two years with the Freccia Rossa and then the subway that will take her to the Lepanto stop, where she takes a bus, the 301, 54 hellish stops .

She counted them herself, and moved, she tells me that despite the immense effort she was happy. She comes home late and among the many things to do she is happy because she likes her job as a school assistant, seen as the ray of light for her future. About her and her beloved children.

The same fate befell a Barbara, Giovanna, Giovanni, and Lucia. Human beings like us and like you, ordinary and extraordinary, who wore the garments of sacrifice, all for the good of themselves and their families.

Barbara is a young 30-year-old girl from the Neapolitan area who, in order to accumulate points and increase her position in the ATA rankings, accepted a call to an institute in the province of Vicenza. The 722 kilometers that separate her hometown from the city where she worked forced her to move.

Luck in misfortune, she had the opportunity to reside at the home of some uncles, who supported her in this difficult period of her life. “The school was located in the mountains, unreachable both on foot and by public transport. My uncle accompanied me in the morning and came back to pick me up in the afternoon. It was a tough year, physically but above all mentally” these are her words.

Another touching story is that of Giovannamother of two teenage children, alone and without parents, who faced long daily journeys to reach the school where she was employed in Rome.

Just like the protagonist of our first testimony, out of love for her family she decides to accept the job. She wants to be an example for her children, and despite her hard work and suffering, she did not want to give up her working dignity.

I challenge anyone to put themselves in the shoes of these real superheroes, ordinary individuals who face difficulties and who do not want to give up. The last stories I want to tell you about, not least, are those of Lucia and Giovanni.

Giovanni he is a man residing in the province of Caserta, who travels to Siena every morning to work. With no one to share the rent with, he endured long and exhausting journeys every day for seven and a half months.

To date, Giovanni and all those who have been “used” as additional Covid staff are out of work, without certainties for the future, but united by the unwavering hope that all this will change as soon as possible.

The last of the stories I want to tell you is that of Lucia. His is a story materially different from the others, but equally heartbreaking in spirit. She is lucky enough to be able to work in the municipalities bordering her municipality of residence, but her difficulties still bring her and her family to their knees.

With the arrival of the pandemic, her husband loses his job, but in October 2020 we can see a glimmer of light. She receives a summons to a school in Naples, and due to the distance from the institute she decides to move to her parents’ house, which is closer than her.

Every morning she takes the bus at 6:45 to go to work, leaving her very young children at home. She returns in the evening after 5pm, exhausted, but carries on. Subsequently she receives an assignment at another school, that of her son, thus being able to return to her own home.

He works until the end of the school year, but his salary is slow in coming. He looks forward to a long time, about six months, before he can receive his hard-earned fee. Nothing extraordinary in the sacrifice made for work but having that job taken away in which each of us believed is inhumane.

Behind the masks we wore at school are the faces of 55,000 workers in the school sector who are currently awaiting answers from a deaf government. Behind those masks you will see faces with tired eyes but with a smile always ready to face a job they love.

Yes, you read that right, that they love, because if that were not the case, each of them would have had the opportunity to ask for parental leave. This didn’t happen because the desire to work was stronger.

Dignity is priceless, and we won’t let anyone take it away from us, we want to go back to school because we believed in it, and we will continue to do so.

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