Maneuver breaks unions, CGIL and UIL towards strikes. Cisl slips away

The Meloni government maneuver splits the unions. In fact, the CISL withdraws from the criticisms that the CGIL and UIL have addressed to the budget law, rejects their requests for mobilization, defends many of the choices made by the government and focuses on dialogue and confrontation with the executive and Parliament during the approval of the maneuver to smooth out the most critical points of the maneuver. An obvious epilogue, the one at the conclusion today of the executives of each union, which had already been in things for some time and which thus repeats what has already happened with the Draghi government when CGIL and UIL, at the end of a mobilization process, went alone to one general strike against the budget law. On 7 December therefore, Landini and Bombardieri will sit in Palazzo Chigi, in the meeting convened late yesterday by Prime Minister Meloni, with a precise mandate from their bodies: that of putting in place all the necessary mobilization initiatives, none excluded.

The criticism that comes from the CISL, on the other hand, leaves no margins. “It is wrong to resort to the strike. Dialogue and confrontation are needed to improve and strengthen the law of stability. The strike is an ultimate form of conflict which in the current conditions would damage the workers, wear out the production system, inflame social and industrial relations, without that all this has relevance to the aims of a mobilization aimed at improving the quality of the political action of the Government and Parliament”, reads the unanimously approved document which asks to open “a stable space for discussion to build together the foundations of the restart and regeneration of the country”. This is therefore an approach, “which requires responsibility and harmony and does not allow for escapes into demagoguery and populism which not only do not solve problems, but contribute to making them worse”, says the Cisl which heads the union led by Luigi Sbarra to summon from Meloni.

“A result that rewards the pressing of the CISL in recent days on the need to strengthen the confrontation”, he continues. If many of the chapters contained in the stability bill, single check, Isee, support for low incomes, and others that can be improved, cutting the wedge and reducing taxation on productivity agreements are therefore “appreciable”, it is necessary to find “mediation points to give solidity to the maneuver” and carry forward the structural reform tables, from pensions to taxation, from active policies to industrial and energy strategies.

A reading at the antipodes compared to the one given by cousin unions. “On income support, on pensions, on the cut in the tax wedge, on the tax reduction of thirteenth month salaries, on that of contractual increases and second-level agreements, the budget law does not give significant answers”, is the criticism contained in the long document released by the Uil executive who also points the finger against the reintroduction of vouchers at 10 thousand euros and the enlargement of the number of lenders, the extension of the flat tax up to 85,000 euros, the tax amnesty, “yet another”, the increase of the ceiling on the use of cash, the exemption of the use of the POS up to 60 euros. Not only. The tax on extra profits has been weakened” and an “unjust” blockade of revaluations has been implemented, not to mention the ‘void’ on pensions and the abolition of basic income. To give shape to all this, therefore, the Uil imagines a path of mobilization , which can start from territorial and category strikes without in the future excluding “none of the trade union mobilization tools”.

The CGIL of Maurizio Landini is clearer, who repeatedly in recent days had already harshly criticized the maneuver. “It is wrong, it affects the poor and makes work precarious” without responding to the real “emergencies of the country” the leader had explained several times announcing his intention to call the workers to strike. Today, therefore, the green light of the board arrived, the Parlamentino CGIL, who gave a mandate to the secretariat “to put in place all the necessary mobilization initiatives, none excluded, to obtain the answers necessary to face this phase which risks rapidly worsening the condition of the people, increase social and territorial inequalities, block the development of the country”. (by Alessandra Testorio)