Mattarella: «Work cannot be gambling». The CGIL on work: “So far no response from the government.” Bombardieri, Uil: “From Draghi, more than a comparison, an information”. At the parade in Turin, billboard with Enrico Letta wearing a helmet and “Pd party of the war”, slogan of the feminists: “Against Putin and against NATO”.
«Work is a tool for people’s progress and affirmation, not a potentially lethal gamble. The goal of more work cannot translate into more accidents at work. For this, an exceptional effort must be made. The commitment to recovery is, at the same time, a commitment to improve production conditions and to beat the tragedy of deaths at work ». President Sergio Mattarella said this when speaking at the Quirinale on the occasion of the Labor Day. Mattarella added: «We know that in terms of the economic and social condition there are challenges such as inflation, induced above all by the increase in the prices of energy and raw materials. We cannot afford to be wrong: two thirds of demand in Italy depends on household consumption. We must look to them “
This morning the national demonstration for the May Day of CGIL, CISL and UIL started from Piazza San Francesco in Assisi, which this year has chosen as its slogan “To work for peace”. In the square the three confederal secretaries, Maurizio Landini, Luigi Sbarra and Pierpaolo Bombarbieri, together with the Custos of the Sacred Convent of Assisi, friar Marco Moroni. An appeal for peace in Ukraine and for the resumption of ceasefire negotiations is expected from the secretaries of the three major trade unions. Landini thus tried to outline the picture of the labor day: “The message of this May Day is first of all that we must stop this absurd war wanted by Putin and prevent it from becoming a world war”. In terms of employment, “we must affirm the centrality of work and rights and a policy that overcomes precariousness”. At work, Landini complained: “So far there hasn’t been a great dialogue with the government, there was a meeting at the beginning of April and so far we have not received any answers”. Bombardieri, from Uil, also reproached the government: “We met with President Draghi who said he was available for a structured confrontation, but tomorrow if the CDM approves the 6 billion provision for families, workers and businesses and the government does not compare with the social partners then he probably has to go and do some repetition on the method of social dialogue. That is not a comparison but an information, I would dare to say that it is a mockery “.
The speech of the general secretary of the CISL, Luigi Sbarra, is more decisive in support of Ukraine: «Today we are in the streets, in Assisi to launch a message of peace, democracy and social justice. To unreservedly condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine ”. Sbarra explained that he supports the line of sanctions against Russia and reiterated his solidarity «with the Ukrainian people, with the millions of refugees, with the thousands of innocent victims who weigh on Putin’s conscience. And also to the many Russians who courageously express dissent. Peace is an essential goal. But peace is built with concrete acts. Actions that must lead Russia to a ceasefire. Aid to the families affected, to refugees, to a people who resist the invader. We must give full role to negotiations that respect the dignity of an attacked community ».
In the afternoon the spotlight will move to Piazza San Giovanni in Rome, where this year the Concertone tradition returns live, with a line up of great occasions, with artists ranging from Ornella Vanoni to Marco Mengoni and Carmen Consoli. Meanwhile, the number one of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, at the very beginning of the procession, reiterates: stop the war. «The message of this May Day – he adds – is first of all that we must stop this absurd war wanted by Putin and prevent it from becoming a world war. We must affirm the centrality of work and rights and a policy that overcomes precariousness “.
In the meantime, however, the differences between the souls of this square have already emerged evident. At the parade in Turin, the clip of feminists and No Tav appeared a banner with Enrico Letta depicted with a helmet and the words “Pd party of the war”. The feminists at 11.10 lit purple firecrackers and shouted these slogans: “We do not want to save the West from Russia, protect one nationalism against another nationalism”. “They ask us:” They rape our women, what would you do? ” We evade this choice imposed by the media! ». And finally: «Against Putin / and against NATO».
Not at that point, but in Via Roma, two blocks from Piazza San Carlo, there was also a double charge of the police: the police beat the demonstrators to beat them to make them retreat. From the antagonist procession the cry “Shame!” Has risen several times.