There is a risk of one “Severe impairment” of the operations of the ports, with heavy consequences on the whole sector and the economic induced, if indeed the workers – to start from Trieste – they will cross their arms with the start of the compulsory Green pass. And so the Interior Ministry runs for cover and is forced to indicate a possible step back on green certification: it does it with a circular, signed by the head of the cabinet Bruno Frattasi, in which it asks the port companies to consider making available free tampons for workers.
A little more than 48 hours from the ‘day X’ the text, sent to all prefects, it became necessary after an inter-ministerial coordination meeting – called by the Presidency of the Council – on port activities and underlines the “possible impact of any defections due to the lack of a Green pass “may” determine one severe impairment of the operations of the airports ”and therefore“ equally critical consequences for the sector and for the related economic induced ”. Hence, the solicitation to the operators of the logistics supply chain in the port area so that they evaluate “to make available to personnel without Green pass free rapid molecular or antigenic tests “.
During the meeting, the text sent to the Prefectures on Monday reads, “the need was shared to proceed, with the involvement of the prefectural network, to a immediate monitoring of employees without “the green certification. This in order to assess the impact of any defections due to the lack of green passes which could cause a serious compromise in the operations of the airports “.
The document was followed today by a further circular, also signed by Frattasi, to clear the field of possible interpretations on the expression “free tampons”. These in fact would not be charged to the State, and businesses of the port sector are urged to fully evaluate autonomy what solution to adopt to provide your employees with the Green pass in order to avoid “Critical consequences” for the sector and related industries.
The situation of the dockers is particularly critical a Trieste, where workers took to the streets refusing any mediation on the Green pass and threatening theabstention from work en masse starting from the 15th, the day on which the obligation will come into force. The president of the Port Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, Zeno D’Agostino, has come to threaten to resign if an agreement is not found after the dockers reiterated their will to block the airport.
In the afternoon, the companies operating in the Trieste port, during a meeting with the prefect Valerio Valenti, they said they were willing to pay the tampons to the workers until December 31st. Among the operators present, there were forwarders, shipping agents e terminal operators. In Trieste, as well as in other ports, the share of workers without a Green pass is high, the 40% according to the Port Workers Coordination of the Julian city. “The operators present – explained Valenti – are willing to anticipate the payment of the tampons from October 15th, but only until December 31st and on condition that from October 16th, however, they will resume the activity”. A similar negotiation is also underway for other sectors such as the sector of public transport in Friuli Venezia Giulia: the Region is discussing with local companies in an attempt to achieve the same goal.
There was no lack of political reactions, of various kinds. For the Democratic Party the recommendation of the Interior Ministry is “inopportune”. Andrea Romano and Davide Gariglio, dem deputies members of the Transport commission of the Chamber, speak of an indication “Contradictory” with the “indications that the government has already received towards all Italian companies”. And they ask the Minister of the Interior Lamorgese to “correct this passage of the circular” so as to “guarantee the necessary level of serenity and safety to all operators in the port world “. Caustic the comment of Matteo Salvini, who takes the opportunity to attack the guide of the Interior Ministry: “Ah, but then it can be done! And for the other millions of workers instead zero? Instead of businesses, the state should be contributing. Inadequate “.