June 03, 2021 2:02 pm
Due to the economic situation, the “Iperconveniente” supermarket has been closed to the public in the “Le Vigne” shopping center. 21 employees ended up in layoffs, all residents of the Municipalities of Canicattì, Racalmuto and Castrofilippo. A work emergency that is being watched by the institutions, given the growing discontent. This is, for the “Le Vigne” shopping center, yet another – but important – shutter down. And everything seems to be the result of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Commercial operators, but also office workers, are increasingly in economic difficulty. It happens in the good “living room” of the capital, but in the shopping centers.
The alarm – at the island level – had already been raised at the end of last January. Confcommercio Sicilia had addressed the president of the Council of Ministers and the governor Nello Musumeci. The association had presented an articulated series of requests “to avert a social explosion of immense significance”. “We are respectful of everyone’s health and we are ready to make sacrifices for the health emergency – said the acting president of Confcommercio Sicilia, Gianluca Manenti – but we must safeguard the social and economic emergency”.
“The damage imposed on all Sicilian companies in the trade, services, tourism and professions – explained by the association – are invaluable, not to mention the negative effects in other sectors and in consumption, which feed the entire economic system and guarantee social cohesion. Our sectors, which represent about 70% of VAT numbers, have for months seen their life and work prospects hanging on the present uncertainty and future volatility. Redundancy fund for our employees – where granted and actually paid – it is not enough to recover the hardship of hundreds of thousands of families who depend on those prospects “. The forecasts were very black. And in fact, as shown by the lowered shutters of the “Le Vigne” shopping center too, there are perhaps more than the estimated 8,000 shopkeepers who risk closing.