Unmasking Italy’s Far-Right: The Social Deception

“This policy is a continuation of that of Mario Draghi by making it worse. Union mobilization is essential to change the course of things”.
Even before the organization of the three unitary demonstrations in May, the UIL (Italian Labor Union) had launched a mobilization in support of trade union demands to mobilize workers in the workplace and on the territory. From the start, the Meloni government had given a sign of continuity with the previous Draghi executive, against whose decisions we had already called for two general strikes, and it even worsened certain choices.

Symbol of this orientation, the rule relating to the surcharge on additional profits, which now applies to a more limited scope of companies and generates less income. In addition, the two discussions started in January with the Minister of Labor Marina Elvira Calderone on social security and safety at work have stalled, without success. Even the scope of the so-called “women’s option”, which allows some workers to retire before the conditions set, has been restricted, preventing around 20,000 women from taking advantage of this opportunity. The united mobilization that followed was decided before the launch of the so-called “labor decree”, against an overall policy incapable both of reducing economic, fiscal and social inequalities and of valuing work and pensions. And, in this recent decree, there is at least one positive fact: we have succeeded in obtaining a reduction in the tax burden, which is only temporary, whereas, for us, it must be structural.

In Italy, in reality, there is a salary question that must be settled, either by fiscal leverage or by contractual leverage, to restore purchasing power to workers and pensioners, whose incomes have been decimated by inflation persistent. And there is a problem of poor, precarious and precarious work.

For all these reasons, therefore, our initiative is continuing with a specific intention: we do not set ourselves the objective of overthrowing governments, but of convincing public opinion, of overturning the consensus and therefore of inducing the executive to change its choice. This is why the UIL believes that the mobilization must last and that it cannot end with the proclamation of a general strike, which would only serve to “wash their conscience” and would imply for the workers the loss of ‘A day of work. As it was set up with demonstrations on Saturdays, assemblies in companies and territorial or categorical initiatives, the mobilization has the advantage of not overloading those who participate in it and, at the same time, of maintaining the attention to the contradictions and ineffectiveness of government choices. We have not removed the word “strike” from our vocabulary, but we must not threaten it, we will have to do it at the right time.

With this government which presented itself as the “social right”, we are witnessing a legalization of precariousness. A real social butcher.

“It is up to the Republic to eliminate the obstacles of an economic and social order which, by effectively limiting the freedom and equality of citizens, hinder the full development of the human person and the effective participation of all workers in society. . the political, economic and social organization of the country. This is the wording of Article 3 of the Italian Constitution of 1948. Meloni and company, who govern Italy today, not only seem to ignore it, but want to tear it down.

The most right-wing government in the history of the Republic, which presented itself as the “social right”, targets the poor, the unemployed and the workers. Defining Citizenship Income (RDC) as “state pocket money” and “state methadone” respectively, the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Tullio Ferrante, and the President of the Council show hatred towards the poor, contempt for the provisions and no consideration for the resolution of the European Parliament, voted on March 15, which calls for “a compulsory minimum income for all Member States, above of the risk of poverty and social exclusion threshold”. The Meloni government replaces the DRC with a so-called “active inclusion measure” (MIA), which will exclude a third of the beneficiaries, halve the amount granted and reduce the duration of the subsidy from eighteen months to a maximum twelve months of basic social assistance. 2023, will plunge more than 600,000 people into absolute poverty, a social butchery that will make employment, access to housing and social integration even more precarious.

The new labor decree, published recently, goes in the same direction: priority to companies to the detriment of workers. Nothing on the minimum wage, no taxation of profits or extra profits, no anti-tax avoidance measures. In short, we are witnessing a legalization of precariousness. The famous tax cut, which should return part of the contributions collected directly to Italians, is in line with the spirit of “the more income you receive, the less tax you pay”. In the country with the lowest wages in Europe, while a minimum wage and a sliding scale should be introduced, measures are being put in place that will encourage blackmailing underpaid and undeclared jobs, and will make the poor work at will.

The strategy of the Meloni government, fueling the fable that the DRC incites young people to idleness, is to free up cheap labour. But we are not surprised by a hypocritical government offering, on Twitter, its condolences to the victims caused by its policies, in Cutro in Calabria today, in Lampedusa yesterday.

This article is originally published on nouvelles-dujour.com

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