Putting worker safety at the center of the confrontation between Confindustria and trade unions, Carlo Bonomi, president of Confindustria, spoke today on the sidelines of the assembly of the Varese Industrialists’ Association at Malpensa airport. On the subject he says “I made a proposal” specifying that “the first was to talk about safety at work, I think we have not hidden: you cannot die today by going to work”. And the proposal is fundamental, he added, “I consider it appropriate to intervene ex ante and not ex post, because I no longer want accidents in the workplace. I made a concrete proposal, we can start from that or we can start from what (the unions) will deem to put on the table, but let’s do it, let’s start ».
Bonomi then talks about the minimum wage, declaring that the introduction in a country like Italy is not necessary, given that “we must never forget the genesis of why we talk about the minimum wage in Europe and why we want to introduce regulations for those Countries that have low national collective bargaining and against wage dumping. Also because if I look at what is the minimum wage we are talking about today, that is the 9 euros gross, and I take the collective agreement of metalworkers that what is taken as a reference, the third level, which is what is normally taken to reference as a benchmark, is 11 euros. If I take into consideration even the lowest level is 10 euros ». So we already have the minimum wage, he affirms, and the unions themselves «these days say that this is not the way because the risk is that of the companies’ flight from collective bargaining. Ita is an example of these days ». However, «it is right to intervene in those cases where the minimums are very low. The way is to enter contracts for those sectors that are now lacking ».
Instability in Germansa: « l’Italy can take leadership in Europe “
«The uncertainty was a bit expected by everyone, given the forecasts. After 16 years Germany enters a climate of uncertainty to which it was not used to. And in all this we find ourselves at a time when there are very important issues in Europe to be addressed in the next year, stability pact, ECB interventions, state aid, with a Germany that it is not known how long a government will take. and what kind of matrix it will be and what mediations they will do to make the government ». For Bonomi, the fact that there is the possibility of being rigorous together with the countries of Northern Europe “could complicate the revision of the Stability Pact and state aid. This would be a very critical step for us. In this I reiterate that the authority of President Draghi and his government can allow Italy to take on an important role in making it clear that that rigor could have been fine before the pandemic. Today, as President Draghi recalled, it is time to give – concludes Bonomi – and not to take. Europe must not give indefinitely but must give time to manufacturing on a continental level to restart after a season with a war economy ».
In this context, in addition to the upcoming elections in France, “as an entrepreneur I am optimistic and I see great leadership that our country can take, we have a very authoritative prime minister and government. It is obvious that now in Europe we must and can play an important game, we now have a government with a credibility that we have never had before. We could have the authority to re-discuss what the rules of engagement will be on the Stability Pact, State aid and interventions by the ECB ». «If we make mistakes in these choices – he added – we will fail. There is no need to put flags, we have to look at the country. There are four major gaps and there are the historical conditions for giving answers. We are putting our children in debt and in the future I want to answer to them that we have done everything we could do ».
PNRR and reforms an opportunity “to make Italy a modern country”
“We have a great opportunity with the NRP not so much for the resources, which are important, but because we have the historic opportunity to make reforms. We have been waiting for 30 years. ” Now that funds are no longer a problem, he adds “now this alibi has ceased and we need as a country to make reforms on social safety nets, taxation … there are 53, 14 have been made”. The reforms, Bonomi stressed, “are important because we can make this country a modern, efficient, inclusive country and remove those bottlenecks that are holding back growth.” Despite everything “we are still the second manufacturer in Europe, if they removed these limits, if they made us work we would become the first”.