Meloni convenes unions: From pension reform to extra-profits, open game

First confrontation to start next Wednesday between the Government and the unions. The convocation by Prime Minister Meloni, who calls the leaders of CGIL, CISL and UIL to the table in Palazzo Chigi, will thus try to open the first channel of dialogue between the executive and social forces to take stock of the major emergencies in the field, energy, inflation and low wages. Times are syncopated, the budget law is looming and the same limited room for maneuver even though the government has already designed a series of interventions to support the crisis. But beyond the contingencies, the game appears to be long-term and will be played on the possibility of the parties to establish a stable, lasting, transparent and above all ‘preventive’ confrontation with which to bring work and workers back to the center of the political agenda.

Meanwhile, the approval of Nadef has already produced some perplexity. For all, the CGIL leader, Maurizio Landini, summarizes them on the sidelines of the Federmeccanica assembly: “I limit myself to observing that I have not heard anything about measures, about other resources that must be taken as extra-profits and above all about the need to intervene on a tax reform because what is not lacking in our country is money, but it is poorly distributed and today is the time to carry out operations that increase wages and restart investments “, he reiterates. The recovery of resources destined to the recovery of purchasing power on the other hand play a fundamental role as well as the employment dossier.

For this reason, as Uil leader Bombardieri notes, “we are not worried about the fact that it is acting in deficit: we have always said that it is necessary to ask Europe for a new Sure program, but if it is necessary to save businesses and workers, it makes a virtue ”, he clarifies. What is needed and what the union is preparing to demand, as Sbarra says for the CISL, is in any case a “vision that leads to a country project” to ensure reforms capable of guaranteeing “cohesion, growth and social participation”.

A vision that for the union of via Po will have to substantiate itself in a new social pact which, however, finds the cousins ​​of Cgil and Uil cold again while Confindustria, despite the availability repeatedly announced, seems to want to go there now with lead feet considering the announcements of the past years which however ‘have never reached a reality’ in fact.

For the government we will see. And from the discussion table will also pass the request for discussion of a new cut in the tax wedge to be dedicated entirely to workers for CGIL CISL and UIL, for the moment set aside by Nadef which saw the light yesterday but that the Minister of Labor, Calderone , he assured in a short time. “A profound reflection must be made on the increase in the purchasing power of wages and the reduction of the tax wedge. You have to look at the accounts with healthy realism, but the purchasing power and the wedge cut must be objectives that can be reached in a short time ”, he explained. However, Confindustria’s proposal also remains in the field: “a cut of 16 billion euros for incomes below 35 billion euros, two thirds for workers and one third for companies with which to put 1200 euros more net in their pockets for each employee “. And then the pension chapter on which yesterday some ‘openings’ by the Minister of Labor arrived, but today CGIL CISL and UIL downsize.

“Quote 41? This is not the time to give the numbers “, Landini cut short on the sidelines of the Federmeccanica assembly. “Saying Quota 41 does not mean anything, one can say 42-43 the problem is which pension reform to do because if one says quota 41 and then puts the age next to us and it turns out that it is quota 103 104 105, di what are we discussing? ”, he continues. For this reason, the CGIL returns to ask to “put a hand to the entire pension reform because we need a guarantee pension for young people, and a fight against insecurity and we need to recognize the damage done to women by the Fornero reform”.

So, he concludes, “we want to understand whether or not there is the government’s willingness to open an overall negotiation. This is not the time to give numbers – he repeats – but we need to concretely understand what to do. ” The Cisl is also online. “Enough quotas. We need a flexible exit at 62 or with 41 years of contributions regardless of age ”, explains Sbarra. But on the part of the Ministry of Labor the issue is on the agenda: “we will do everything to avoid the staircase of the Fornero law and the depressive effects that would weigh on the labor market”, reiterates Calderone.

This is a theme which, on the other hand, does not represent a priority for the country for Confindustria; a few numbers to prove it and a little irony. “If we are on the subject and I am talking about old-age pensions, we already have 9 exceptions to management. At the INPS level, there are also 30 committees that manage the pension system, not to mention the private coffers. So I believe that if we want to talk seriously we need a reform of the system and not go ahead by quotas. On the other hand, the Fornero law has seen 8 interventions to safeguard and I believe that for this reason no one has retired with its rules ”, ironically Bonomi on the sidelines of the Federmeccanica assembly.

(by Alessandra Testorio)