Like a river in flood when the rain is torrential. Like an avalanche, bigger and more devastating. Like a ball that slides on an inclined plane. There are a lot of metaphors to explain what could happen from Friday 15 October, the day on which the obligation of Green Pass for every worker, both in the private and public sectors. To trigger the revolt were the port of Trieste, to which the Interior Ministry responded with a circular allowing the ok to free tampons. Judged by the workers as completely insufficient. And so the protest quickly spread to all Italian ports, from North to South.
Then it was the turn of the hauliers. “If the car is out of control, a genius as prime minister is not enough” with the risk of paralysis for the transport of goods by road and for all national logistics, not just for ports. Road transport associations warn: 30% of road hauliers do not have a Green Pass and as many as 80% of foreign drivers who bring raw materials to Italy are not vaccinated. So they risk supplying them to a halt. “The risk of everything being blocked is objective – Ivano Russo, general manager of Confetra explains to AGI – we have about 900 thousand employees in Italy including hauliers, couriers and warehouse operators, we have an average of 25-30% without green pass. Approximately 30% of road hauliers do not have a green certificate. It is clear that if you subtract a third of the workforce from a sector that is already in trouble, on the one hand because it is growing, on the other because there are about 5 thousand drivers missing, you are moving towards a decapitation of the delivery business. “
And it doesn’t stop there. It is also alarm for the agricultural sector. The obligation of the Green Pass is triggered by about 400,000 workers who are currently engaged in the countryside where, among other things, the grape harvest, the apple harvest and the olive harvest have just begun. This is what emerges from an analysis by Coldiretti which estimates the number of Italian and foreign agricultural workers who are not yet vaccinated at around 25% for a total of about 100 thousand, after the signature of the Prime Minister Draghi at the Dpcm with the lines guide for checks. “In order not to let the production on the trees rot – affirms the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini – it is important to intervene to facilitate access to work for those who are in good standing”.
Prandini stresses that “agricultural activity is linked to the seasonal cycles of crops and cannot be stopped” and observes that “in the first place, the simplification and speeding up of control operations helps farms which, being outdoors, cannot count on turnstiles for checking workers’ entry “. The president stresses that “in this context it is important to make the data of those in good standing available to companies quickly” and adds that “to ensure adequate coverage of the workforce needed to save crops, it is urgent to introduce flexible tools, agreed with the trade unions. , which allow recipients of social safety nets, Italian students and retirees to be able to temporarily collaborate in activities in the fields “. He concluded that “there is a need to extend the residence permits for non-EU seasonal workers already present in Italy and to publish the 2021 flows decree”.
The situation is really worrying and the tension is really palpable talking to parliamentarians of all political hues. So much so that in the Palaces of politics we are already thinking about various scenarios for the next few days and for the next few weeks, the worst of which foresees a situation “dramatic“for the country with a very hard blow to supplies of all kinds. In the hypotheses that are made in these hours, fuel rationing is not excluded, with some gas stations closed, and many empty shelves in supermarkets as well as on market stalls, in particular as regards fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheeses, cured meats, eggs, milk, wine, etc. In short, the main basic necessities. A potentially explosive situation that could fuel social protest and raise the level of concern for the public order with possible new acts of vandalism.