Pensions, women’s option and social Ape towards extension in 2022

The premier’s irritation at the criticisms of the trade unions: “I didn’t expect such polemical interventions”. For Draghi it is impossible not to make “a gradual transition towards normality”

One year extension Woman option, which would allow female workers to retire with 58 years of age (59 years if “self-employed”) and 35 in payments by taking advantage of a fully “contributory” allowance. And then extension of the social Ape by at least 12 months (or the pension advance), with the extension of the audience to new categories of workers, those engaged in activities considered burdensome. This would have been included in the complex social security framework after Quota 100, but rejected in the last hours by the unions pressing to obtain an organic reform with real flexibility in exit. There is no agreement. And the problem is inside and outside the majority.

The government-trade union tug-of-war

The climate is so tense at the government tablelabor unions that the same union sources they speak of a real “arm wrestling”, so much so that the meeting, which began late yesterday afternoon, is updated. The premier Draghi has left the meeting, although from Palazzo Chigi they hasten to assure that it is “for a commitment”. CGIL, CISL and UIL allegedly objected to the general structure of the budget law. But it is the reform of the pensions the main bone of contention.

Quota 41 for contributions

The last option in the examination of the technicians was built around the fixed requirement of 41 years of contributions, along the lines of the “Quota 41” dear to the Carroccio: possibility of leaving upon reaching the forty-first year of contributions, regardless of age . It will be a gradual process, but the goal of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government is to return to the ordinary pension system designed by the Fornero law. For the unions, who were calling for a comprehensive pension reform, it’s a cold shower. And to calm people down, the announcement of the one-year extension of the Woman Option and the Social Ape, with extension to other categories of heavy-duty jobs, is not enough.

Towards mobilization

The unions ruled that the meeting did not go well: after the passing of the budget law, they will evaluate the modalities of a “mobilization”. On leaving Palazzo Chigi, after three hours of confrontation first with Draghi, then with the ministers Franco, Orlando and Brunetta, the words are very harsh. Luigi Bar of the CISL speaks of “great shortcomings and imbalances, due to the lack of dialogue with the social partners”: the measures are “largely insufficient both for pensions, for social safety nets and for non self-sufficiency”, he adds. “Just” 600 million are not enough, underline Pierpaolo Bombardieri of Uil and Maurizio Landini of CGIL: “it is not a reform worthy of the name”. And then the question becomes: general strike? “If the government confirms this approach on Thursday, we will evaluate joint mobilization initiatives” – Landini’s reply. The next few hours will serve to define an agreement in the majority.

The timing of the budget law

Meanwhile, government sources reveal a further indiscretion on the budget law, in the “tax” chapter: the ad hoc fund for tax cuts, a treasury of 8 billion, should be confirmed. The specific destination will then be decided more concretely in Parliament. In addition to the tax cut, citizenship income – which must be reviewed – and the Superbonus (it is evaluated whether or not to extend the benefit to single-family homes) is also on the plate. And time is running out: Mario Draghi’s executive is called tomorrow, Thursday 28 October, to approve the text of the budget law to be sent to Parliament as soon as possible. The maneuver must in fact receive the final approval of the Chamber in December.