Orlando is pressing on trade unions and companies for an agreement on the minimum wage and representation with which to try to reduce the scourge of poor work. The opportunity to relaunch the ball in the field of Cgil Cisl Uil and Confindustria, always cold at the hypothesis of an intervention by law that sets the minimum wage bar and instead strongly undecided on the game with which to weigh the ‘strength’ of confederations and companies at the bargaining tables, is the 2021 Report of the Ministry’s Task Force on poor work in Italy. A dossier with worrying numbers: 1 worker in 10 in Italy, it says, is poor and about a quarter has a low individual salary. A phenomenon that is even more marked also in comparison with other European states: in 2019 11.8% of Italian workers were poor, against an EU average of 9.2%. Against this situation that Covid aggravates up to the social emergency, therefore, and to try to bypass the stalemate in which the confrontation between trade unions, companies and the government has ended, the Commission of the Ministry of Labor relaunches a new experimental proposal: provide for a minimum wage by law or wage grids based on collective agreements, therefore, only in the sectors of greatest crisis, in a limited number of sectors. Of course, the dossier still reads, “a partial intervention and not free from problems and complexity” which would however allow an initial response to be given in those sectors in which the situation is most urgent, leaving time for the political and social debate to reach a conclusion . A proposal that Orlando will share tomorrow with CGIL, CISL and UIL convened on quality work while on the representation front, where everything has already been essentially decided by the social partners in the famous agreement on the reform of the contractual model, the minister outlines an imminent “quick confrontation” on which he will report quickly to the government. “On poor work, one cannot remain still, one cannot remain without doing anything, the numbers of working poverty are impressive and continuing to say that one does not want to take any action on representation and on the minimum wage condemns us to a stalemate. Staying still means accepting the idea of poor work which is an idea that no one should accept: the condition of a poor worker is the most unfair and negative “, explains Orlando. No flight forward, however, he reassures, even if the intention is to speed up the times: the method remains “that of social dialogue” already experimented with smart working “but there is no need to take it too calmly”, he comments again. . Representation, by law or by contract, speaks of “rules that can be peacefully approved: I cannot think that there are people who are against introducing elements of transparency”. And the discussion on the minimum wage will have to be made before the EU directive about to be voted on reaches Parliament. “The imminence of the directive grows with the passage of time. We need to give an answer to the numbers that emerge. And it is urgent to define the positions between the social partners in view of the parliamentary transition: there is no need to take it too calmly, also because we have been discussing it for a long time. Having a job therefore is not enough to avoid being poor, explains the Commission which puts on the table, within the complex strategy necessary to tackle the issue, also the need to create economic support that integrates the incomes of poor workers: the so-called ‘ in-work benefit ‘with which to help those in financial difficulty by encouraging regular work. A tool, it says, with which in fact, absorb the 80 euros, now employee bonuses, and partial unemployment to arrive at a single tool, easy to access and consistent with the Rdc and the new single check. (Alessandra Testorio)
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