The union forces, especially the CGIL and UIL, have criticized the government’s decision to hold the CDM on Workers’ Day and complain of gaps in the measure. Landini: “We will continue the joint mobilization”. Schlein: in Italy “work is too poor and too pirated”. Conte announces a demonstration in June “against the precarious decree”
“It’s Labor Day not the government.” This year’s 1 May was marked by political controversy, largely linked to the Council of Ministers in which the Labor decree was approved: both the choice to hold the CDM in the day of Workers’ Day and the measures contained in the provision.
Unions ready to take to the streets
Since the demonstration in Potenza, the unions have also criticized the government’s decision not to hold a press conference after the CDM. A choice, they explained from Palazzo Chigi, to be interpreted as a gesture of courtesy towards the trade union organizations that were celebrating in the square. But the criticism of the union forces, and in particular of the CGIL and the UIL, is extended to the content of the decree. While appreciating the decision to allocate 4 billion to cut the tax wedge, union leaders complain of shortcomings, albeit with different nuances, already noted in the meeting at Palazzo Chigi with Giorgia Meloni. And they ask, as Pierpaolo Bombardieri of Uil does, to find other resources. Maybe with extra profits, taxing banks and big companies. Landini’s CGIL lasts, who said: “The measures decided by the government do not go in the direction we request. We will continue the joint mobilization and, if we don’t have answers, we are all ready together to continue the mobilization until we get the results we need. For us, the Constitution is not only to be celebrated for 75 years, it is the reference for changing the country and making reforms. And we won’t let anyone change it.” While the Cisl of Luigi Sbarra among the criticisms makes a credit opening towards the executive expected, however, to the proof of the facts.
The critical and wait-and-see attitude of the unions is supported above all by the Pd and M5s who reject the premier’s choice to reunite the CDM on Labor Day, but above all point the finger at “propaganda and measures that increase precariousness”. In Sicily to participate in the procession in Portella della Ginestra, the secretariat of the Democratic Party Elly Schlein relaunched the “minimum wage” underlining that in Italy “work is too poor and too pirated”. The deputy of the party, Chiara Gribaudo, echoes her, accusing the executive of “insulting May 1st by presenting a Work decree which provides for more precariousness and less protection”. The M5S leader Giuseppe Conte is also tough, announcing a demonstration in June “against the government, against the dismantling of income and against the precarious decree”. Nicola Fratoianni is also controversial: “It is clear that on May 1st we cannot celebrate, but prepare for the fight”. “There are some positive things and other aspects of this legislative decree that we want to study more carefully in the next few hours,” said Action leader Carlo Calenda instead. While the leader of Italia viva Matteo Renzi attacks: “Premier Meloni cuts 4 billion in taxes on work and says that this is the most important tax cut in recent decades. False! To give examples: the €80 was worth 10 billion a year, the IMU cancellation of the first home 4 billion, the IRAP cost of labor 6 billion. I’ll save you everything else from IRES to Industry 4.0 to taxes for the agricultural world. Meloni cuts 4 billion one-off and rejoices, we have silently cut 25 billion a year. Giorgia Meloni didn’t just argue with politics: she first of all argued with mathematics ”.
Compact majority on the decree
The entire center-right is united around the government which praises not only the decree, but also the choice to hold the CDM on a symbolic day. “From the left and from the no unions the usual controversies and the usual marches (with puppets, insults and burnt flags), from the League and from the centre-right to the government tax cuts and salary increases”, attacks Matteo Salvini. Maurizio Gasparri increases the dose: “We don’t just need dances and concerts, we need concrete acts and that’s what Forza Italia and the government are doing”. The same accusations from the FdI group leader in the Chamber Tommaso Foti: “While the left strums in the squares, the Meloni government approves, on a symbolic date such as May 1, a provision that radically improves the conditions of employees”.