“Today we talk about safety and health”. Six words are enough for Mario Draghi to make the leaders of Cgil, Cisl and Uil understand that what is about to begin at Palazzo Chigi is not the discussion on the perimeter of the Social Pact for Italy that he launched last Thursday from the stage of the assembly of Confindustria. And in fact, for an hour we talk about the decree that the Government is preparing to strengthen safety in the workplace. The discussion immediately turns on the contents and thus the dimension of the Prime Minister’s action fits in with that of the concrete answers that accompanied the entrance to the meeting of the three trade unionists. All agree, there is an understanding. Then at the table where Undersecretary Roberto Garofoli and Ministers Andrea Orlando and Renato Brunetta also sit, we talk for another fifteen minutes. Maurizio Landini, Luigi Sbarra and Pierpaolo Bombardieri ask for information and meetings on divisive issues, from relocations to pensions. On the other side of the table everything collapses into a “we’ll see you soon”.
When the CGIL leader speaks outside Palazzo Chigi, it is clear that expectations have not been completely disappointed. Collect “the first important answers” on the subject of safety and also “the commitment in the coming days to
further convocations to discuss the merits of the other issues “. The risk was that of a routine meeting, without updates, among other things not easy being the first face to face with the premier after the more than lukewarm reception of the idea of the Pact. But the decree on safety in the workplace, seasoned with a climate of sharing, does not inaugurate the turn of the government, in terms of substance as well as in method, hoped for by the entire trade union front. The tax delegation is being finalized at the Treasury and Draghi, escorted by the loyal Garofoli, explains that it will be wide-ranging, making it clear that no one will put a hand on it. The Update Note to the Economics and Finance Document, the first act of the long budget season, will be approved by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, with the granting of a formal passage to the control room. The rules on relocation ended up in the hands of the consultant Francesco Giavazzi and there they were more than watered down. The maneuver will not be the bonanza of parties and trade unions because the money is scarce.
The doors of Palazzo Chigi will remain open, there will also be a passage with the trade unions on the budget law, but there is no calendar as Landini hoped. Above all, there is no desire of the premier to drown the roadmap in the shallows of a concertation that risks turning into discussions and vetoes. In short, agreeing on an issue such as that of safety at work was more than easy, not taken for granted because the contents make the difference, but certainly downhill. And if the contents, as it was, look at the claims of Cgil, Cisl and Uil, building a cordial atmosphere has proved even easier. How not to be on the same wavelength when there is a decree at stake that will establish a database on accidents to facilitate checks and which will also provide for the acceleration to hire two thousand inspectors, as well as a hard line in case of violations of the safety rules, with the suspension of the activity until the entrepreneur will comply?
When it comes to layoffs, pensions and all the other thorny dossiers, things turn out differently. And in fact these issues have not been talked about. Even the non-program that Draghi has granted himself, guaranteeing the unions that they will be involved in the operation of the Recovery, responds more to a need for programming efficiency, in this case that everyone should row in the same direction and quickly, than to an assignment. the decision-making power of the social partners. On the table of Palazzo Chigi remains the willingness of the Government to a preventive confrontation. The minimum wage could be said. While waiting for the Draghi agenda to arrive at the set deadlines, this is enough for the Government. And this is also enough for the unions, fearful of finding themselves outside Palazzo Chigi when the great question of work will ask for answers and impact on the balance of consensus with the workers. But the Pact is still not in sight.