Italians are mobilizing against the obligation of the health pass to work in the transalpine territory from October 15: blockades, roadblocks, strikes and demonstrations are swarming in several cities of the country.
Opponents of the obligation of the health pass to work, which came into force on October 15, are mobilizing across the country by setting up roadblocks at the entrance to ports or warehouses. The transport and logistics sector is particularly affected by these actions: in road transport, up to 30% of the 900,000 drivers, couriers and warehouse workers are not vaccinated, the boss of employers’ organization Confetra, Ivano Russo.
In the morning, around 300 dockers had set up a picket line at an entrance to the port of Genoa (north-west) to prevent trucks from delivering, according to an AFP photographer.
In Trieste (north-east), “the port works” despite the rallies of opponents, assured the president of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Massimiliano Fedriga. The same is true in Naples and in the ports of the Adriatic, in Bari and Brindisi in particular.
In Venice, the network of famous river shuttles vaporetto also operated normally, as did public transport in Rome or Milan. In Settala, near Milan, around thirty employees were preventing access to a site of the delivery company DHL.
Under the law adopted by the coalition government of Mario Draghi, any employee who has not been vaccinated or has not recently recovered from Covid-19 must show their employer proof of a negative test that they paid himself, under penalty of being declared absent and deprived of salary.
Lazio regional advisers lock themselves in their offices
An employee who manages to go to his place of work without his pass incurs a fine of up to 1,500 euros. Like these two regional advisers from Lazio, the region of Rome, who locked themselves in their office on the evening of October 14 to demand “the right to work”. “We spent the night here. We are continuing the occupation, ”they indicated on the morning of October 15 on their Facebook page. More than 85% of Italians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, but up to three million others, unvaccinated, are at risk of being denied access to their workplaces.
If the unions would have preferred the vaccination obligation so as not to burden unvaccinated employees with the cost of the tests (capped at 15 euros per test), the boss of the bosses, Carlo Bonomi, estimated on the evening of October 14 on the Rai1 that “the green pass represents today the only instrument capable of securing workplaces”. In Rome, the authorities are preparing for new mobilizations after the anti-health pass demonstration on October 9, which degenerated into violent clashes. A rally is scheduled from 4 p.m. on October 16.