Manifestations and unemployment in Italy by the entry into force of the sanitary passport for workers

The main cities of Italy have been scenario of demonstrations and unemployment to protest against the entry into force this Friday of the mandatory sanitary pas

Manifestations and unemployment in Italy by the entry into force of the sanitary passport for workers

The main cities of Italy have been scenario of demonstrations and unemployment to protest against the entry into force this Friday of the mandatory sanitary passport in workplaces.

Barricades at the entrance of ports, including those of Genoa and Trieste, to the north, among the most important and strategic in the country, were raised during the day. Also road transport has been harmed since close to 30% of the 900,000 drivers, messengers and staff in warehouses is not vaccinated, according to the representative of the business organization Confetra, Ivano Russo.

Some 300 stevedores mounted pickets at the entrance of the Port of Genoa (Northwest) to prevent trucks from entering. "Today it is very difficult to download merchandise. I am vaccinated," said Marco, a 50-year-old truck driver.

In Trieste (northeast), "the port works" Despite the demonstrations against the Sanitary Passport, the president of the Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Massimiliano Fediga said. "Of course there are some difficulties in some points, but it works," he explained. The same happens in Naples and in the ports of the Adriatic, in particular in Bari and Brindisi.

In Venice, the fluvial transport network of "Vaporettos", worked normally, as well as public transport in Rome or Milan. In Settala, near Milan, some thirty employees prevented access to the premises of the DHL fast delivery company.

According to the Law adopted by the Coalition Government led by Mario Draghi, any employee who has not been vaccinated, except those who have recently had Covid, must submit to the entry of their workplaces a negative test of Coronavirus, paid by him, Since otherwise it can be declared absent and be deprived of its salary.

If the employee manages to enter his workplace without the sanitary passport he can be the subject of a fine of up to 1,500 euros ($ 1,700).

Two regional advisors of Lazio, the Rome region, were locked in their office since Thursday night to claim "the right to work". "We spent the night here, we continue with the occupation," they declared on Facebook.

These are relatively minority groups since more than 85% of Italians over 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and only about three million, of more than 23 million workers, have not been vaccinated and run The risk of accessing your work places is denied.

In order to encourage vaccination, the Government announced a month ago, with the support of the coalition parties, the obligation to present the Covid passport. Given the requirement, some 560,000 new certificates of vaccination were issued on Wednesday, two days before the deadline.

Draghi wants to avoid the risk of new virus outbreaks and confines in Italy, one of the European countries most affected by the pandemic, with more than 130,000 deaths and a GDP drop of 8.9% by 2020.

The vaccination campaign launched in December last year has managed to contain the contagions and is estimated that the third euro economy will grow by 5.8% this year, according to the IMF forecasts.

"It is the only instrument that guarantees that the workplaces are safe," Carlo Bonomi, president of the industrialists.

In Rome, the authorities are preparing for the Sabbath's demonstration against fascism organized by the largest union center of the country, CGIL, after the assault on Saturday last Saturday at its headquarters from the Forza Nuova Party, a gesture that reminded Many the genesis of the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Updated Date: 16 October 2021, 04:58

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