• Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Mandatory green pass, dockers and truckers: “Thus Italy is blocked”


Oct 13, 2021

The Green pass becomes mandatory on work in Italy tomorrow, October 15, for public and private employees. On the eve of the entry into force of the obligation, the spotlight is on ports and transport, for the consequences that tomorrow could have on ordinary business. Read also PORT AND GREEN PASS From Trieste, the media ‘hub’ of the port system in these hours, comes the peremptory message of Stefano Puzzer, spokesman for local dockers: “Let’s block everything, the government must realize. They are losing contact with reality” , he tells Non è arenena, on La7, reiterating his no to the Green pass and discarding the solution of free tampons for workers. The situation appears more fluid in other Italian ports. “We talked to colleagues from the other ports, we’ll see you on Friday. We asked the prefect for an appointment, we hope the government cancels the decree. I’m vaccinated, but I can’t accept to work quietly while my brothers, who have shared these two years with me, have to stay at home, “adds Puzzer. “The port of Trieste works 90% with exports: we want to see what European shipowners say when they see that their goods are blocked due to a decree adopted only in Italy”. What if there will be no changes to the rules? “We will go on until the Green pass is removed. We are not doing it only for dockers, we do it for all Italians”. In Genoa, where some companies are ready to pay the cost of tampons, unvaccinated dockers would be 20% of the total. “We are absolutely opposed to how the green pass and tampons issue is being handled. If the State believes that the vaccine should be mandatory, it must make it so, assuming its responsibilities and without delegating them to the workers, among whom there is so much fear . May other solutions be found. In Italy there are 12 compulsory vaccines; 13 would not make a difference “, Josè Nivoi, spokesperson for the Autonomous Collective Workers Portals (Calp) and USB union leader of the port of Genoa, told Adnkronos.” In Italy, according to law 81/2008 which reorganizes all the rules on the health and safety of workers, everything that concerns them must be borne by the company they work for. We want every employee to have the opportunity to swab before enter the port area, as a matter of greater security; a security that only the swab can give and not the green pass. And these swabs must be paid by the company because it is not right for a tore has to lose half of his salary for these reasons. It is true that if you get the vaccine you are less likely to die but the green pass is not synonymous with safety “, he adds. Further south, in the ports of Naples, Castellammare di Stabia and Salerno it seems very low, if not completely absent, the risk that the introduction of the mandatory green pass could cause a blockage of activities. The number of unvaccinated port workers in the three ports belonging to the Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port System Authority is estimated between 10 and 20%, numbers that do not unlike what happens in other Italian realities. “We are working to reduce the possible moment of protest as much as possible,” Andrea Annunziata, the president of the Adsp Mar Tirreno Centrale, explains to Adnkronos. “At the moment I would say that there they are particular signals of tension, absolutely. Honestly, I have no reason to foresee problems. At the trade union level I am not experiencing any kind of tension, or at least for now nothing has been communicated to me that makes me think this “, Antonio Davide Testi, managing director of Mct, Medcenter Contaner Terminal, the company that manages the terminal, told AdnKronos port of Gioia Tauro. “We have no indication on reactions and strikes by workers or on the risk of goods being stopped or blocking supplies – he adds -, then let’s also see how the government expresses itself, if it has finished speaking or if it is still necessary express, because here every six hours there are adjustments to the things they write. We see! However, as the employer part of the workers we have no concrete signs of problems “TRUCKS AND GREEN PASS The risk of a stop to the activities also involves road transport.” When we had over 900 deaths a day and a positive rate of 4.6% we found a solution to avoid blocking transport: if it worked then, why should transporters today be carriers of the virus and be forced to use the Green pass? “asks Paolo Uggè, president of Conftrasporto-Confcommercio, to Rainews 24.” On 30 % of heavy vehicle drivers come from European countries where there is no Green pass. Can’t you set a date, perhaps December 31, by which the vaccine must be compulsorily done? “. The risk is to create” damage to the economy. We ask that the protocol signed between the ministry, trade associations and workers’ representatives be applied. We ask for those who have not yet had the vaccine. We urge all transporters to get the vaccine, but if the protocol worked when the pandemic was very strong, why shouldn’t it work today? The data shows that it was valid, why should we create the conditions to put the economy at risk? I believe that an agreement can be found between the companies, many have shown willingness to bear the cost of “tampons. If road transport stops, does the country stop?” Exactly. It is not possible to think of replacing road transport with other methods. Is there a risk of spontaneous and violent initiatives? The risk is there, we do everything we can to prevent this from happening, we mobilize our representatives to explain that nothing can be solved with violence. However, on the part of those who govern the country, more listening, more humility and more ability to understand real problems are needed. “RISK OF EMPTY SHELVES If the chain jams, what happens?” , the effects on the logistics system will be such that the hypothesis that supermarket shelves remain empty and that companies run out of raw materials and semi-finished products is not remote, it is a possible scenario “in the coming weeks, says Umberto Ruggerone, president of Assologistica. , the associative reality of logistics companies, general and refrigerated warehouses, port, interport and airport terminal operators, raises the alarm on the possible repercussions of the obligation of green pass for private workers from 15 October on the logistics sector. , in Adnkronos / Labitalia, reminds “that logistics in these 18 months of pandemic has never stopped, businesses have resisted rising costs im pressing, just think of + 600% of the cost of port freight rates “, he concludes.