Maurizio Landini, general secretary of the CGIL, interviewed by Repubblica he rages fiercely against the consequences introduced by the latest decrees on the lack of possession of the Green Pass for workers. The secretary, while firmly supporting the vaccination campaign, underlines the potential social boomerang of these measures.
“Let me be clear, the union is inviting all workers to get vaccinated and we have nothing of principle against the Green Pass, but in the name of this it is not acceptable to introduce a punitive and sanctioning logic towards those who work. I wonder – he adds – if whoever decided on this rule has recently been inside a company canteen. Well, it should go there because after the safety protocols that we have signed through spacing, the use of masks, sanitation, smart working and different work shifts, the workplaces are safe. No one can argue that offices or factories are potential hotbeds today for the spread of the virus. The wrong message must not pass that vaccines and the Green Pass, while fundamental, alone are sufficient to defeat the virus. Unfortunately, this is not the case ”.
Landini adds: “If the government thinks that the vaccine should be mandatory, say it and approve a law. Have the courage to do it! One cannot think of achieving the same goal surreptitiously, to the detriment of those who work. It is a counterproductive forcing with respect to the goal of achieving vaccination for all “. And he gives the example of swabs: “With the compulsory Green Pass they become a requirement to be able to work like vaccination. Their cost cannot be borne by the worker. You work to get paid, you don’t have to pay to work. We are passing from a phase in which those who worked, even exposing themselves to contagion, were considered a hero to another in which they risk being sanctioned for wanting to work “.
The idea of the secretary general is to aim to secure local transport and overcome the overcrowding of the classrooms instead of putting all responsibility on the hands of the workers. “If there is a person who has fought for vaccines and who still continues to campaign for free mass vaccination in Italy and in the world, it is we in the union. What I’m trying to say is that together with the Green Pass and vaccinations, other structural interventions are needed to solve the coronavirus problem once and for all. We cannot let our guard down ”.
Landini explains that the real risk concerns the unloading at work “With sanctions and punishments, responsibilities that he does not have”. The best example for the general secretary is that of the school: “We are talking about a sector in which more than 90 percent are already vaccinated and in which that percentage is destined to grow further”.