ROME. “Even if the helmsman changes, the route remains the same” proclaims Pierpaolo Bombardieri from the stage of the council that elected him new secretary general of Uil while Prime Minister Conte, ministers Gualtieri and Catalfo and the general secretaries of CGIL and Cisl, Landini and Furlan. Carmelo Barbagallo’s successor sends messages to the government but also to Confindustria and relaunches the project of the union unit addressed to union members. Thanks Conte for his participation in the event, he says he “appreciated” his speech, “we are available to do our part to contribute to the development of the country – he adds. – From the dialogue, concrete facts may arise”, but then he says clearly to “expect concrete facts” from the executive, not just proclamations or promises. For this he asks to reform both the social safety nets and the tax authorities, making it clear that “whoever escapes steals” and foreseeing the tax exemption of the contractual increases and still to regulate the smart working taking into account the right to disconnect. Faced with the crisis triggered by Covid, it proposes to reduce working hours for the same wages, as well as to immediately use Sure funds for layoffs and MES. Then the new UIL leader makes it clear that the union demands respect for the people who work by explaining that if this does not happen, “if you do not listen to them, we are ready to return to the streets”.
The notice to Confindustria
Then addressed to the president of Confindustria Bombardieri he states that “the national labor contract is an indispensable tool for achieving greater social cohesion and safety at work”, underlining the “participatory vocation” of the union, where “conflict is a tool for achieving objectives , but never an end. And when you ask us to keep the factories open in August, we tell you that it is already foreseen by contracts and union agreements. We do not close companies, we ask you to keep them open, but we ask you to respect contracts and workers’ rights ».
The Uil of tomorrow
When in the future of Uil the new Secretary General during his long speech explained that in the months to come “we will go through stormy seas but we have a wealth of experiences, lessons and teachings, values that we will not disperse and that will be the polar star that it guides even in the darkest night “, thus reiterating the strength of a union” which embodies the values of socialism, of the noblest European social-democratic tradition, of the most authentic republicanism “and which” does not teach its members how to vote, which is autonomous from the political, but not indifferent to the different basic settings ». A union, concluded Bombardieri, “which stands on the progressive bank of this country” which stands against “exasperated nationalism and all sovereignism”, “not frightened by the different, be it by ethnicity, geographical origin, experience of life, but convinced that in the synthesis of diversity a society grows, evolves, improves ».