Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Bersani blasts Monti's 'dangerous position' on union

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Rome, January 24 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani said Thursday that outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti
had adopted a "dangerous position" regarding the nation's
biggest union, the leftwing CGIL.
Monti said this week that it will be difficult for Bersani
to rule if he wins next month's election because of the
influence his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) allows the CGIL
to have,
He also said governing will be tough because of the
election pact the PD has formed with the leftwing SEL party.
Monti, who is standing for office on a reform platform
backed by several centrist parties, reiterated his criticism of
the CGIL Thursday, saying the union had stood in the way of some
of the reforms his emergency technocrat government tried to
introduce since taking power in November 2011.
The CGIL was against many of Monti's measures and the
opposition it and the PD presented to a controversial reform of
the labour market led to it being watered down.
"The labour market reform did not go far enough," Monti
said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
"It's the fault of one trade union that decisively resisted
change and did not sign an agreement that the others signed.
This culture should change".
Bersani, whose alliance is ahead in the polls but has seen
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition make big
inroads into the lead in recent weeks, said Monti was wrong
about the influence the CGIL had on the PD and suggested the
former European commissioner had an arrogant attitude.
"It's ridiculous to attribute the CGIL with command of the
PD," Bersani said on state broadcaster Rai.
"It amazes me that someone like Monti follows these things
that are blown up by the right. When you are in government, all
the unions are your children.
"And the CGIL is a union with a million members. This
position is dangerous...
"We are a party of the people that does not look at them
from above, but eye to eye".
The CGIL got some support in the debate from an unexpected
source when Giorgio Squinzi, the head of Italy's powerful
industrial employers's association Confindustria, said that the
union was not "an obstacle to reforms or interventions for
growth".
"We are all in the same boat, in the middle of a perfect
storm, so we all have to row in the same direction," Squinzi
added.

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