Low Cost workers versus low cost
Low cost workers in Italy write to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to ask for help and report the harassment of which they continue to suffer in exchange for a job
“Dear President Conte, we are low cost workers. We ask you to please also listen to our voice ... "so begins a very long letter sent this morning to the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a letter written in thousands of hands by the invisible workers of low cost and Italian companies that work for low cost.
A letter also signed, in content, by the Air Transport workers of all the countries that host low cost flights, a letter asking Conte's Italy to rethink what the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted.
In this letter, the workers use the words of the Prime Minister, words that they proudly subscribe: "the virus has changed our lives in a way that we couldn't even imagine a few months ago" ... To govern means to have a 360 degree view ... I made a pact with my conscience. In the first place there is and there will always be the health of the Italians. "
Inequality in our country is increasing and reflected in our workplaces. By now many people live in conditions of extreme precariousness even within their jobs. The power of companies must be tamed, they say in chorus.
The ITUC Global Rights index, produced by the International Trade Union Confederation, the largest trade union federation in the world has shown in the last 10 years the worst countries in the world for workers, where rights have become purely theoretical and this erosion has led to dizzying increase of precariousness and atypical contracts.
Low cost and low cost induced workers feel the protagonists of this inexorable path, where not even the right to freely associate, one of the foundations of democratic societies, is more guaranteed, under penalty of dismissal or worse harassment at the place of work, until exhaustion.
In these companies, which are becoming richer and more powerful, the balance of powers is totally less. The workers are kept under constant blackmail and the wealth that is created is never shared with those who work. Keeping your seat is the only thing that is granted in return. "People don't matter" reads the letter from low cost workers "
According to the ITUC report, these corporate models create insecure jobs, attacks on collective bargaining and inadequate or absent social protectionleaving its mark on all this generation of workers.
Low cost workers ask the Prime Minister not to fail and to guarantee them the right not to be constantly threatened and discriminated against and shout: "There are no Low Cost workers!"
In this panorama comes the news of a new carrier that decides to establish an operating base in Italy: the Wizz Air company, based in Hungary, which opens its base in Milan Malpensa airport, the first in Italy, where it will operate from next July with a fleet of 5 Airbus A321s, just over a month after firing about 1000 workers, due to the coronavirus pandemic and after the decision to request a new Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in Abu Dhabi.
And Wizz air does not seem to be any different from the low cost airlines that workers are denouncing in chorus, indeed it represents a striking example, with its history of discriminatory behavior towards workers, also judged as such by international courts.
According to a letter from a recently licensed employee, published on the website of the international pilots' union, On April 14, Wizzair announced the 1000 layoffs and then decided to base its choice on who to send home, on harassing criteria such as the renunciation of the right to rest on their free day, on the willingness to fill additional roles compared to those envisaged and on personal productivity, identified in the good fortune of not being absent due to illness.
The so-called "social issues" in the aviation sector have now become a hot topic and are currently being investigated by the European Commission's Directorate for Mobility and Transport.
We look forward to hearing the response from President Conte and above all from the Italian Parliament, which is currently evaluating the amendments received also from Low Cost companies working in Italy, among which emerges the request not to equip our country with a National Collective Bargaining Agreement for Air Transport staff, rejecting the accusation of doing "Social Dumping ", an expression that indicates the practice of some companies (especially multinationals) to locate their business in areas where they can benefit from less restrictive provisions on labor or where the cost of labor is lower.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency