Confirmed regional strikes proclaimed in recent days by the two trade unions
The Meloni government opens the possibility of revising some rules included in the 2013 maneuver but does not convince the CGIL and UIL who confirm the regional strikes proclaimed in recent days against the stability law; so on the 12th the workers of Calabria will cross their arms, on the 13th it will be the turn of Sicily and Umbria, Puglia will go on strike on Thursday 14 December while on Thursday the workers of Abruzzo, Marche and Piedmont will cross their arms and on Friday 16 December all the other regions from Alto Adige to Lazio. Black smoke therefore for the CGIL and UIL in the second round between the government and the unions on the manoeuvre. On the other hand, Luigi Sbarra’s Cisl was satisfied, which had already rejected the strike called by its cousins unions, on the ‘great willingness to change the maneuver’, arrived from the premier. Positive annotation also from the Ugl: “The moment is difficult and it is not the now of the square but of dialogue”, explained the secretary Paolo Capone.
The answers that came from Prime Minister Meloni, therefore, are scanty the CGIL leader Maurizio Landini at the end, “they confirmed the deep distances on the tax authorities and precariousness and also on the protection of purchasing power: we had asked for a 5% wedge cut and the introduction of fiscal drag but no responses came except a generic “we will evaluate the resources”. Answers which have therefore made evident the need to “continue the mobilization”. Pierpaolo Bombardieri’s UIL is also in line. “We have reiterated our negative opinion. There has been no response either on wages and pensions or on the tax wedge”.
Therefore, the Prime Minister’s acknowledgment of “sensible” trade union requests and the willingness to intervene, after evaluating the costs, were not enough. on the chapters relating to the tax relief of contracts, the cut in the tax wedge, the stop to social security equalization and the modification of the Women’s Option, to defuse the union protest. “We are essentially available to think about some things: we undertake to do so as soon as possible. I hope to be able to do something more, right away”, Prime Minister Meloni said at the beginning, according to sources present at the meeting assuring that the government would for this reason “work in the CDM to implement them as quickly as possible”.
On the other hand, Meloni noted if “many of the proposals are sensible, however, the government is responsible for making the choices. If we lined up all the requests, there would never be the resources to do everything”, he underlined. So on the tax reduction of the contractual increases, “I would agree but we will make the quantifications because it is advisable to build conditioning, a link with the companies on the basis of virtuous behaviour”. And again on cutting the tax wedge: “we wanted to give a signal but we want to do more, these were emergency choices but we agree that the issue of cutting labor costs is a priority: I would be delighted to be able to do more, the problem is coverage ” , Meloni still recognized at the table before moving on tothe pension chapter‘, the only one on which the will to intervene appears more decisive. In fact, on the stop to the indexing of checks, the government “reserves a further assessment of the thresholds”, it announced, however, defending at the same time the selection made by the law included in the manoeuvre: “we decided to help those who couldn’t make it” and, given the reduced spending margins, “we had to make choices”, he explained.
At the center of attention of the executive too Woman option: “We are evaluating proposed modifications”, he assured, as well as on vouchers: “it is a delicate issue, it needs further reflection, it must not become a tool for underpaying workers”. All-out defense instead on the flat tax: “it does not introduce does not discriminate against and does not penalize employees”, and on the accusations against the executive of wanting to defend tax evasion. “There is no sign of laxity on tax evasion in the manoeuvre. The measures related to the Pos and the cash ceiling have nothing to do with the evasion “, Meloni specified again.
And to show that the executive has short-term goals, the premier announced the launch in January of a series of thematic tables to be held at the competent ministries. Thus, according to the roadmap developed today, on 12 January we will start with the issue of safety at work to be discussed with the social partners in the Ministry of Labour, followed on 19 January by that of pension reform. Also for the 19th, a new discussion arriving this time at the Mef where Giorgetti will bring together the social partners to verify the possibility of “strengthening the taxation of extra profits to multinationals and the digital economy”.
Even the Minister of Enterprise Adolfo Urso, after the economic manoeuvre, will open his table with the trade unions at Mimit on Italian industrial policy and on the consequent positions that will be taken at the European level. A similar comparison will also be held with the business associations. “In this context we will also address the reform of incentives which will be implemented as linked to the budget manoeuvre”, Uorso would have said again according to sources present at the meeting, reassuring the CGIL, CISL and UIL on the automotive table: “I guarantee that the automotive table will also be attended by labor unions”.
Tables therefore at the start which, however, also welcome the skepticism of the CGIL and UIL. “When the government talks about initiating a series of reforms, it means next year”, notes Landini again Bombardieri relies on a famous quote: ‘I say that with tables you don’t pay bills or eat”. (Alessandra Testorio)