Green pass, Trieste port: ‘Tomorrow at work’. Then the turnaround: “Presidio continues”

Green pass, Trieste port: ‘Tomorrow at work’. Then the turnaround: “Presidio continues”
Green pass, Trieste port: ‘Tomorrow at work’. Then the turnaround: “Presidio continues”

In the evening, the Coordination had announced that activities would resume from 17 October: “We won this first battle”. Puzzer, referring to the meeting in the Senate, had said: “If on the 30th we do not obtain the withdrawal of the green certificate, we will block all of Italy”. Then the protest from colleagues and the new change of course: “I beg your pardon, we will rewrite the press release. The garrison goes on ”. It is not yet clear whether the dockers will actually return to work or continue the protest

Before the announcement of the end of the garrison and the return to work from Sunday 17 October. Then the protests of some of the demonstrators and the turnaround. Moments of confusion in front of gate 4 of the Port of Trieste, where several people have gathered to mobilize against the Green pass since 15 October. At first, a communiqué from the Coordination of port workers, which organized the protest, announced: “We won this first battle, from tomorrow we return to work.” Later, Stefano Puzzer announced the new change of course: “I beg your pardon, we will rewrite the communiqué. The garrison goes on.” The workers of the port of Trieste will spend the night in garrison. After the resumption of the protest, the ‘leitmotiv’ chorus has also risen “people like us do not give up never. “However, it is not yet clear whether the dockers will actually return to work or continue the protest.

The communiqué of the Coordination of port workers

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“We have won this first battle, demonstrating the strength and determination of the port workers and all those who have supported and supported them in the defense of democracy and individual freedom”, read a note released by the Coordination of port workers. It is necessary “to take a step forward together with the thousands of people and groups with whom we have come into contact in recent days” – continued the statement – therefore “from tomorrow we return to work – who can – (for dockers from the first shift of the 17/10/2021) but we don’t stop “. The first step, explained the note, “will be on October 30, when delegations of port workers from Trieste and Monfalcone and from other Italian ports, the police, health, journalists and other categories from all over Italy will be welcomed at Senate in Rome to assert the reasons of those who ask for the abolition of the Green Pass to work “. “If on the 30th we do not obtain the withdrawal of the Green pass we will block all of Italy”, added Puzzer. The press release then went over the whole story in detail, defining the Green pass decree “criminal and blackmail”, which “has nothing to do with health security and the fight against Covid-19, but which aims to divide workers. , forcing a part of them to pay to work “.

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After the statement, Puzzer explained: “We spoke with a government representative, on October 30 we will be in the House and Senate without creating confusion. Representatives of firefighters, journalists and health professionals will come with us.” And he added: “I will not go to work until they collect it. Tomorrow we will be together, but whoever has to come from outside the region will stay at home and fight there. I will use my time to collect all the complaints when the workers are called to work without green pass like today “. The decision to dissolve the garrison, however, had not been appreciated by everyone and immediately there were disputes. “We can’t go on, people will get tired after a while”, the spokesman of the CLPT defended himself, assuring that the battle will go on. Thus the sixty or so protesters had withdrawn. Shortly after, Puzzer announced the new statement.

The second day of the demonstration against the obligation of green pass

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At the port of Trieste there has been a protest since October 15, the day on which the obligation of the green pass for workers came into force. Thousands went on strike because they were against green certification. The president of the port, Zeno D’Agostino, in the evening, after the second day of demonstrations, had warned: “This situation can no longer be tolerated, I need a port that works”. On the second day of sit-in, in mid-afternoon, there were over 2,000 demonstrators and then four more buses arrived. Unlike the first day, the more the hours went by, the more “No pass” supporters joined, embracing the cause of the workers. They also came from other regions. In the parking lot in front of the gate, vans and campers have stopped, made available for those who want to rest a little. For the rest, moments of “no Green pass” and “Libertà” choirs alternated with the sound of drums. Near the turnstiles, the cash desks rang out evergreen hits and those present joined in chorus. Food, drinks, beers have arrived. The Trieste Port Workers Coordination (CLPT), organizer of the protest, was at the gates, but the port’s activity did not stop, despite the protest.

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The Authority explained that “the slowdown in activities affected the various terminals in different ways: in some, operations were low, while in others almost fully operational. The differences are attributable to the difficulty of forming complete teams due to the ‘absence of a part of the workers “. According to the leader of the CLPT, Stefano Puzzer, “around 40% of the dock workers out of about a thousand went to work. Of this – he said – I think 10% are without a Green Pass”. “Several companies in the Port – the Coordination said in a statement – would be violating the legislation on the obligation to possess and exhibit the Covid19 green certification to work”.

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In the note, sent to the Prefecture, the Police Headquarters, Asugi, the Port Authority and the Labor Inspectorate, it is requested to verify the validity of the claims, possibly inviting “to apply the measures provided for by the legislation”. And it was during a press conference that a worker without a green card was reached on the phone by Puzzer and admitted that he was still in the workplace. After a check – the terminal operator subsequently informed – the young man was turned away. During the protest there were dockers, distinguished by the bib, families with children and supporters of various ages. Today, among others, Enrico Montesano arrived. “The Green pass is a useless thing, which has nothing to do with health care, but it is a political issue. The Green pass is the beginning of a personal and individual control,” he said over the megaphone. His applause is to the dockers, who have animated the protest: “The working class is always one step ahead”.

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