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Lega calls Emilia Romagna Region’s authorities to outlaw the SI Cobas Independent Union

Italian territory: Statement by SI Cobas against the Lega’s attempt to OUTLAW the Union in Emilia Romagna.

Originally published by SI CobasModena Facebook page. Translated by Anna Chiaraluce Facebook profile. Image above: Assembly in preparation for yesterday’s demonstration at the SDA store in Bologna.

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The Lega calls Emilia Romagna Region’s authorities to outlaw the SI Cobas (Warning Facebook link)Independent Union

The Northern League, with a question to the Emilia Romagna Region filed on March 27, asks in fact that the SI Cobas union be outlawed. As the supporter of the League write “The Si Cobas strategy” would be “to creep into companies deemed solid–through the relationship with fellow workers employed in cooperatives by intercepting those workers that are culturally weaker among them (almost all foreigners)–that could be potential members” and “proselytise them and then seize a specious union dispute to open a state of agitation and proclaiming strikes”. In other words: we do the job of the union. And what is worse, we are almost all foreign workers!
The attack of the League is also directed towards “movements and civic lists of the radical left” that are in solidarity with our struggles “to the point of having authoritative representatives considered as spokesmen among them”. To worry the Lega and Montanini perhaps there is also the long list of adhesions to the appeal for the full acquittal of Aldo Milani, signed by important jurists, lawyers, exponents of the academic world, culture and entertainment.

A few days later, Antonio Montanini – an irrelevant municipal councilor in his own right, but representing specific economic interests in the region – asked, with an agenda presented to the Municipality of Modena, with the same motivations, even the resignation from the anti-mafia commission of the congressperson Mrs Stefania Ascari, guilty of having favored a discussion table at the Ministry of Labor on the Italpizza’s union litigation and for claiming to shed light on the murky Modena system governing tenders and outsourcing. In a perfect pre-election ballet with the League’s motivations, Montanini then ends up asking that the demonstration organized by the union in Modena be banned, a request that brings back the memory of the dark times preceding the Republic, in which only the corporate unions were allowed.

Leaving aside the unfounded, defamatory and racist accusations of the Lega-Montanini buccaneering party, the obvious attempt is to initiate a scorched earth strategy against the union, suggesting to the institutional figures that the labor disputes in which we are involved are not dealt with in discussion tables, but with the use of forceful confrontation and recurring to the judiciary. What are these gentlemen afraid of? What interests do they represent? Why are they so concerned about the involvement of institutions in labor disputes?
The answer is written on the question’s premises: “In Emilia Romagna (…) many companies and public bodies have particular needs for flexibility in workplaces” and therefore must “apply, in part or in full, contracts for the workforce”. This is the central point of the Lega-Montani’s concerns: to maintain intact the system of exploitation on which outsourcing and tenders are currently based, to destroy the union that is obtaining increasing victories for the benefit of workers fighting it the most.

We consider the request to outlaw our union contrary to the constitutional order, and contrary to the most basic democratic principles–above all contrary to that of freedom of trade union association, enshrined in the Constitution–and we therefore define it, in no uncertain terms, subversive.
Tomorrow, Saturday 6 April, we will return to the streets of Modena to defend the right to strike, in defense of social struggles and against repression.

Even in the light of the very serious anti-democratic attack underway against our union, we renew the invitation to collectives, movements, unions, parties and committees of the territory to participate in the demonstration, keeping up the guard and not stepping back: United we win.

Modena, 05 April 2019
The SI Cobas Coordinations of Modena and Bologna

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