Draghi leaves the table with the unions, a tense climate on pensions – Il Tempo

Draghi leaves the table with the unions, a tense climate on pensions – Il Tempo
Draghi leaves the table with the unions, a tense climate on pensions – Il Tempo

Renewal of the women’s option for 2022 and extension of the social Ape to new categories of heavy work, with the updating of the currently existing list, no mention of 102 while the Parliament will decide on the destination of the 8 billion posted on the tax chapter . The confrontation between the government and the unions on the maneuver that the executive has clearly said it wants to bring, with this perimeter, to the table of the Council of Ministers is tense. “The meeting did not go well”, explains the secretary Uil Pierpaolo Bombardieri after two and a half hours of confrontation at Palazzo Chigi. «The confrontation with the government was” insufficient “, after the green light to the provision the unions will evaluate» how to give rise to a phase of mobilization in support of our claims «urges Luigi Sbarra of the CISL. The positions at the table are clear, there is no break, Sbarra talks about “lights and shadows”, but the distances remain. After an hour and a half Draghi leaves the table “for commitments” while the three ministers Orlando, Franco and Bruette remain, explains Palazzo Chigi, adding that he will recover in any case to “deepen some specific aspects”.

Circumstance denied by the unions: no convocation but “if the government wants to call us before Thursday we are ready, we are ready day and night, it is our job – assures CGIL leader Maurizio Landini – We believe that there are things that need to change, let’s see what happens otherwise we will evaluate together how to proceed “. Prime Minister Mario Draghi spoke explicitly, last week, of the need for a return to normality, albeit gradually. In welcoming the three confederates in the green room, he reiterated how the sustainability of the pension system is an obligation for Italy, a country with a high debt that sees not only the work of young people in serious difficulty but also their future. Put simply: any hypothesis of going back to a non-contributory system is a crazy idea with no foundation. The game is difficult and, above all, the cover is short: in the budget planning document, which frames the maneuver, the government has allocated 600 million next year for the pensions chapter, 450 in 2023 and 510 in 2024. Figures confirmed in the course of the comparison. The trade unions welcome the extension to the whole of 2022 of the women’s option and the expansion of Ape sociale, measures on which the Minister of Labor Andrea Orlando was heavily invested, but “there is no choice on pension reform, nor 102 and 104, there are no answers to those who have paid contributions for 41 years regardless of age or on the need for an overall pension reform “.

Exceeding 100 points also agitates the majority. It is no coincidence that while in Chigi the premier, with the ministers Orlando, Franco and Brunetta, are confronted with the confederal leaders from the League, they leaked that he did not give up the “quota41” idea, or the possibility of leaving his job after 41 years of contributions. At the same time, Berlusconi meets the FI ministers precisely on the budget law, which “must be a tool to restart the economy”, he urges on Twitter. Overall, the budget law is worth approximately 23 billion for 2022, of which 8 for the tax authorities. »For us, that money must go to the workers – the unions retort – after having given non-repayable money to businesses during the pandemic, now it is the workers’ turn, we must intervene on the tax wedge”.

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