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Friday, January 27, 2023

Italy’s prime minister meets with union leaders

The bodies represented at the meeting, according to the source, include the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL), the General Union of Labor (UGL), the Italian Confederation of Workers’ Unions (CISL) and the Italian Union of Labor (UIL).

Besides Meloni, other ministers attended, such as Economy Giancarlo Giorgetti, Labor Marina Calderón, Business Adolfo Urso, and Public Administration Paolo Zangrillo, as well as the Undersecretaries of the Presidency Alfredo Mantovano and Giovanbattista Fazolari.

In statements published on the Anti Locale online digital site, Maurizio Landini, the CGIL leader, expressed after the conclusion of the contact, which lasted almost two and a half hours, that “the responses received from Prime Minister Meloni confirmed the deep differences”.

The unions asked for a cut of 5.0 percent of the so-called wage, which expresses the difference between what consumers pay and what producers receive after taxes, but the only response was “we will evaluate the resources” which, As he put it, “makes clear the need to continue mobilization.”

On his part, UIL’s top representative, Pierpaolo Bombardieri, said that “we reiterate our negative decision on the maneuvers. There was no reaction on salaries and pensions or tax wages.

“Regarding the thematic comparisons that the ministries will launch next January on health and safety on the 16th and on pensions on the 19th, I say you don’t pay or eat with the table.” Bombardier added.

The president of the UGL, Paolo Capone, recognized that the unions’ call at the Palacio Chigi represented an important step in winning the “reforms requested by families and companies”.

The meeting, he said, “laid the foundation for what can and should happen in the new year and with the entire legislature, already with the government and in parliament.”

On 2 December, a general strike took place in Italy, mainly affecting transport, teaching and health facilities, called by some 14 unions, including the introduction of a minimum wage and stopping of arms shipments, among other claims. The demand was made.

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