Strikes, here are who and how they want to block Italy after Covid

Strikes, here are who and how they want to block Italy after Covid

Some trade unions called a strike in the school on 24 and 25 September. And on the 25th, in Rome, transport also stops. Obviously, always on Friday: do we go back to the custom of elongated bridges?

It has not even really started again that someone has already decided that it is necessary to stop. Some unions of the school will strike on 24 and 25 September, while buses and metro in Rome stop on Friday 25 September.

The unrest, however, is not shared by the Authority that supervises the strikes, which is asking for new rules: "I go back to asking Parliament for new legal rules on the proclamation of strikes and a rule on the representation of trade unions that privileges the largest ones is increasingly important ”, Said the president of the Authority that oversees strikes in public services, Giuseppe Santoro Passarelli. All the details.


Let's start with the school. As communicated by the Ministry of Education, the trade unions Usb PI Scuola, Unicobas Scuola e Università , Cobas Scuola Sardegna and Cub Scuola Universita e Ricerca have called a strike, throughout the country, for the days of 24 and 25 September (Cub only on September 25).


The school stops on those two dates, USB writes, to express all the perplexities of teachers and operators regarding the reopening.

“The restart of the 0-6 Integrated System, with all its peculiarities, raises many concerns. The pandemic has dramatically highlighted all the criticalities of a particularly delicate sector, which, like others, has now been subjected to many decades of cuts ", writes Usb , underlining that" economic resources allocated to the sector are still insufficient, in particular those referring to finding spaces for teaching ".


The basic union argues that, for this restart, “there are no extraordinary hiring plans specifically for infant-toddler centers and preschools; no reduction in numerical ratios was indicated; the replacement of staff absent for any reason is not guaranteed; the internalisation of all services and of all the outsourced educational, teaching and auxiliary staff is not envisaged ".

Not only. On Usb we read that "the right to integration and support of girls and children with disabilities and / or special educational needs is not guaranteed" and that "no national intervention is planned to relaunch and expand the Educational Services while indications on the maintenance of the current available places and the operating hours of infant-toddler centers and schools are largely disregarded ”.


The trade union, therefore, calls for: greater investments and the guarantee of necessary economic resources; the stabilization of precarious work and the recognition of the 0-6 Integrated System as an integral part of the National Education System.


The reasons for the strike called by Unicobas, Cobas and Cub, which claim not to share "the return agreement signed by Cgil, Cisl, Uil and Snals with zero guarantees for students, teachers and Ata" are slightly different. The abbreviations complain about chicken coop classes, express the fear that in this scenario the school can reaffirm and lash out against precariousness.


"We reiterate what we strongly asked in the meeting with the Conte Government from the States General: maximum 15 students per class and hiring 240 thousand teachers (the third more necessary to reduce the classes), stabilization of the 150 thousand temporary workers with three years of service through a competition accessible to all, increase in the staff of the Kindergarten, direct stabilization of support specialists and specialization courses for those with previous experience: it is uncivilized that more than half of the support chairs continue to be assigned to those who do not knows nothing about disability. We ask for the hiring of at least 50 thousand school collaborators to fill the fearful gaps in the workforce for the supervision and guarantee of full time for all internalized former lsu-ata, an increase of 20 thousand between administrative assistants and technical assistants, as well as all the necessary staff for make up for the thousands of fragile subjects (INPS indices) who will have to be protected from September. We recall that in the last 30 years in the school 300 thousand places have been cut. Those who will be hired will then be used to raise the obligation up to the fifth year of secondary school, including the last year of the Kindergarten, after the pandemic, since the school year. 2021/2022 ”, reads the Unicobas website.


In Rome, on 25 September, it will be a difficult day even in terms of travel. A strike is the union acronym Usb, also involving the workers of Cotral Spa, Roma Tpl and consortium members of the Lazio Region.

“The agitation, formally lasting 24 hours, will start at 10 am to encourage participation in the protests by teachers and students (which on the 25th will be under the MIUR in Viale Trastevere)”, reads the Usb website .


“USB transport of Rome and Lazio had already appealed to the TAR against the regional ordinance which in April allowed the turnout at 60%. And we were in a phase in which the use of public transport was greatly reduced. Now that the vehicles are destined to be stormed, with the reopening of the schools, instead of proceeding with the strengthening of the service, the game is used to raise the threshold to 80% (as stated in the ministerial provision) to make legal what until today it is not legal ”, wrote Usb.


The agitation is not shared by the Authority which supervises the strikes.

“At the end of next week some unions, not the biggest ones, proclaimed strikes both in the school and for the urban transport of Rome. They are legitimate strikes. At the same time, I wonder if they are appropriate in such a delicate phase, in particular for the school which is reopening after six months of closure and is already facing the imposed stop of the referendum elections. I wonder if the ministerial and prefectural authorities are also evaluating the opportunity of these agitations and if they want to take the field for a possible postponement or an injunction ", said the president of the Authority that supervises strikes in public services, Giuseppe Santoro Passarelli, to the Messenger .

“We will have a difficult autumn – continued Passarelli – these are the first strikes in months now. So we are not facing an emergency but we certainly can not ignore it. I am going to ask Parliament for new legal rules on the proclamation of strikes and a rule on the representation of trade unions that privileges the larger ones is increasingly important ”.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:00:04 +0000.