The general secretary of the CGIL Maurizio Landini opened the XIX National Congress of the union in Rimini. “As the appeal of the many associations that demonstrated last Saturday in Steccato di Cutro says, we must ‘Stop the massacre, immediately!”: the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, opening the XIX national congress he proposes to observe a minute of silence and to wear the white band “as a sign of mourning, fraternity and struggle for all the days of our congress. Those deaths, that shipwreck a stone’s throw from our coast, many children, and as always young women and young men, were not an unpredictable accident, but the latest in a very long series of tragedies that could and should have been avoided”.
“We respect the outcome of the vote which entrusts the government of the country to the right and we claim the right to a preventive and true comparison on the reforms. But this is not happening: this is not going well and we do not intend to stand by and watch”. The general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, said this at the congress. After the maneuver and “the old recipes”, there were “some fake meetings on security, pensions and school work, without result. In yesterday’s meeting” on the taxman “there was yet another rift with the world we represent”, stated Landini, underlining that the confederal trade union “is not a corporate lobby”. “We do not agree either on the reduction of tax rates because it favors higher incomes, or on the flat tax which is outside the progressiveness envisaged by the Constitution. The reduction of 5 points of the wedge for a real growth in wages is not foreseen, nor the return of the fiscal drag for the protection against inflation”. Thus the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, from the stage of the congress, underlining “the judgment negative” and asking that “The government withdraws the fiscal delegation to start a discussion on the merits, why it is no longer acceptable that tax revenues are actually based on employees and pensioners”.
The general secretary of the CGIL then appealed to the CISL and UIL. “Dear Luigi and dear Pierpaolo, it’s time to mobilize. Let’s do it together. Over the next few days, let’s organize an extraordinary campaign of assemblies in the workplace and on the territory to support our proposals on taxation, health, social security, wages, industrial and environmental policies , overcoming precariousness, involving categories and structures and together we decide on a program of necessary initiatives without excluding any tool” addressing the leaders of Cisl and Uil, Luigi Sbarra and Pierpaolo Bombardieri, in the audience. “We have invited the government to address the congress in the person of the Prime Minister, the secretaries of the political forces of the opposition and many personalities and social subjects whom we thank for having accepted our invitation not out of institutional etiquette, but because it is the time for answers to the needs of people, who have to work to live and because we claim that the reforms they must be shared and done with the world of work and not against or on the shoulders of the world of work”. Thus the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, from the stage of the congress, underlining that “we are not an opposition or government trade union. We are a project union as Trentin taught us, autonomous, democratic, pluralist”, which “confronts itself on an equal footing with any organized subject” and which “bases programs and actions on the principles and values dictated by the Constitution”. This indirect response to Como who declared: ‘We will leave the room when Meloni speaks’
“The work is closely linked to the cause of democracy, to peace, to the freedom of individuals and communities. Strengthening its dignity and rooting it in the context of such rapid transformations is proof of fidelity to the Constitution”. The head of state writes it Sergio Mattarella in a message on the occasion of the XIX National Congress of the CGIL. “The hope is that you continue to contribute to it”, she adds. “The union, together with the other expressions of social autonomy, has an authoritative role in helping to plan and accompany the country to the necessary innovations”, she continues. “I would like to address – writes the head of state – a cordial greeting to the delegates gathered in Rimini to celebrate the XIX congress of the Italian General Confederation of Labour. The Republic is founded on work. The relaunch of work, with the growth of employment, in terms of widespread opportunities and recognized social value, is, rightly, the tool for creating a future of equity, justice and sustainable development. An in-depth reflection is needed. The congressional comparison of your union, with the successful grassroots and category participation, will help to address the changes and crisis points facing Italian and European society, the entire global context, with the transformations in production structures, in the balance of welfare, for make the rights and, therefore, the very quality of life of each person effective.The union, together with the other expressions of social autonomy, has a ru ol authoritative in contributing to planning and accompanying the country to the necessary innovations. The National Recovery and Resilience Plan, born from a turning point in European policies, long requested also by trade unions, constitutes an unmissable opportunity for growth, now entrusted to the responsibility of all political, institutional, economic and social parties. Participation and unity in commitment are needed. Participation because everyone’s commitment is essential for cohesion. A cohesion centered on constitutional values, starting with that of peace, so heavily questioned by the Russian Federation’s aggression against the freedom and independence of Ukraine. The workers’ union is the guardian of these values. His actions, his struggles, have marked the progress of Italy since its inception at the dawn of the ‘900, characterized by the commitment against all inequality, gender, territorial, generational, for the dignity of every worker, for the social justice. The work is closely linked to the cause of democracy, to peace, to the freedom of individuals and communities. Strengthening its dignity and rooting it in the context of such rapid transformations is proof of loyalty to the Constitution. The wish is that you continue to contribute to it”.
“Everyone’s commitment is essential for cohesion. A cohesion centered on constitutional values, starting with that of peace, so heavily questioned by the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine’s freedom and independence”.