Strike 17 November, Lega against CGIL: “Landini wants a long weekend”

Sparks between Salvini’s party and the unions ahead of Friday’s protest

High tension on the strike front in view of the mobilization called by CGIL and UIL which will start from November 17th against the maneuver launched by the Government. After the requests and findings made by the Guarantee Commission to the trade union organizations on the methods of the strike, it is the League that goes on the attack again, accusing the CGIL of not even knowing the ‘ABC’ of the rules governing strikes. And the response from the unions was not long in coming, claiming the legitimacy of the abstention from work, to which, they specify, the rules of the general strike apply and not those of the sector. The issue will be addressed tomorrow during the CGIL and UIL hearing called by the president of the Commission, Paola Bellocchi. The appointment is at 10.30 and representing the two confederations will be the confederal secretary of the CGIL, Maria Grazia Gabrielli, and the organizational secretary of the Uil, Emanuele Ronzoni.

The first criticisms of the day start from the League and are entrusted to a note. “Millions of Italians cannot be hostage to the whims of Landini who wants to organize yet another long weekend: in view of the strike announced for November 17th, the lack of reasonableness of the CGIL is incredible which – as certified by the Guarantor – ignores even the ABC of mobilizations, as clarified by Minister Salvini. Under no circumstances can the transport sector be paralyzed for the entire day.”

However, Stefano Malorgio, general secretary of Filt, the CGIL transport federation, has no doubts. “It is a general strike to which the regulations of the general strike apply”, he points out, in response to the resolution of the Guarantee Commission which asks for remodulation in some sectors, such as transport. “We legitimately proclaimed it – he states – and it is absolutely permitted if the minimum services and guarantee bands are respected. Minister Salvini himself, from September to today, has allowed three 24-hour strikes in transport and during the year seven general strikes, proclaimed by non-confederal groups and therefore of limited general representation in the world of work, all lasting 24 hours and regularly carried out”.

The unions’ thesis is based on the distinction between a general strike and a sectoral strike. The strike on November 17, union sources explain, is not a sectoral strike but a general strike in which the various sectors join and the proclamation can last eight hours. In the case of a sectoral strike, the first abstention from work must be 4 hours.

In its resolution, the Guarantee Commission asked the unions to exclude the air transport and environmental hygiene sectors from the national strike on 17 November. He also asked the trade unions to “remodulate” the timetable for the fire brigade and local and rail public transport, reducing their timetables. Alternatively, the Commission invites the trade unions involved to reformulate the strike proclamation, as well as to ensure correct participation in the national strike in the various territories. In the resolution, the Commission explains the decision in light of the failure to comply with the rules of ‘objective rarefaction’, as further strikes are foreseen. A problem could arise for air transport given that a strike by the Flai Trasporti trade union is proclaimed on the same day.