The secretary of the CGIL attacks the structure of the budget law outlined by Nadef: “It doesn’t look to the future, it’s made up of a one-off, everything lasts a year at most.” And he adds: “All the spot measures are not working, from the average price of fuel to the petrol bonus given to a few. The tricolor trolley makes you smile: experimental, fixed-term, voluntary. In the meantime, everything is increasing: bills, fuel, mortgage, rent, school , healthcare, and it is the usual workers and pensioners who pay for everything”
“If the government continues not to listen to us as it has done so far, from the first assessments that can be seen from Nadef, of a budget law that makes no changes, we are not ruling out anything and in the next few days we will evaluate, also proposing it to the other trade union organisations, to put into play, if necessary, also the instrument of strike, to change this law and the wrong laws that exist in this country”. This was reiterated by the general secretary of the CGIL Maurizio Landini who, a Sunday coffee on Radio24, he then explained that the national demonstration scheduled for Saturday 7 October in Rome “is a message to the country to say that there is a need for change, to indicate a main path”.
“The money is there, enough with the amnesties”
“It’s a lie” that the money for the maneuver isn’t there, says Landini. “We need to carry out a tax reform, this money is there. The government has made a tax enabling law which is exactly the opposite of what CGIL, CISL and UIL have been asking for for years. We are a country with 110 billion in tax evasion : there is a very strong space there.” “We are a country that has ascertained tax evasion but does not collect it, rather it makes amnesties. In the first year this government has already made 12 amnesties. And profits have increased not only in the banks and where the financial and real estate income is taxed less than employed work. We would need the courage to say clearly – he adds – that if we want to reduce debt and give young people a future we need to invest and get the money where it is, not continue to tighten the ‘be careful who doesn’t pay their taxes with amnesties or by continuing to penalize employed workers and pensioners, who are the only ones who pay Irpef and keep this country afloat.’
“It’s the usual ones who pay for everyone: workers and pensioners”
The maneuver is “without courage and vision”, it does not take away the reasons “for our mobilization starting from Saturday’s demonstration. We will indicate the ‘main road’ for the Constitution and peace, against precariousness and for a different future”, says Landini also in an interview with The Republic. “The cutting of the wedge is our request, achieved with the Draghi government – he recalls – But here what is already there is reconfirmed, the same operation cannot be sold twice, like Totò with the Trevi Fountain”. Among other things, he observes, “the measure is not structural, it only lasts another year. Wages must grow to recover lost purchasing power, deductions are not indexed to inflation, pensions are forgotten or rather cut in these years of 10% from a partial revaluation”. “A loss of purchasing power is confirmed and the shopping cart is still above 8%. All the spot measures are not working, from the average price of fuel to the petrol bonus given to a few. The tricolor cart makes you smile: experimental , fixed-term, voluntary. In the meantime, everything is increasing: bills, fuel, mortgage, rent, school, healthcare.” Those who pay for everyone “are the usual ones: workers and pensioners”.
“One-off maneuver, everything lasts a year at most”
This maneuver, Landini continues, “does not take where it can: fight against tax evasion, extra profits in all sectors, real estate and financial income. It does not invest, in fact it cancels 16 billion Pnrr. It does not look to the future. It does not carry out a serious reform fiscal. It doesn’t have an industrial policy project. It’s made up of a one-off deal, everything lasts a year at most. It doesn’t address the wage emergency. And precariousness has reached unacceptable levels.” He then explains that the CGIL will go to Palazzo Chigi, if convened on the budget law: “However, if it meets us after the fact, to tell us about a maneuver already written, we will propose to CISL and UIL to evaluate all the contrasting initiatives. Including the strike” .