COVID-19: Italy establishes mandatory healthcare for all workers

Anyone who has not been vaccinated must show his employer proof of a negative test she has paid itself. Three million Italians, not vaccinated, may be denied access to their workplace.

Le Monde with AFP

Italy continues its policy towards the vaccination obligation. The country establishes, Friday, October 15, the compulsory health care for all workers. A measure causing manifestations, blockages and potential disturbances of the economy.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not recently healed from COVID-19 must show his employer proof of a negative test that she has herself paid, under pain of being declared absent and private salary. More than 85% of Italians over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, but up to three million others, not vaccinated, may be denied access to their workplace.

Thousands of people gathered in Rome on Saturday during events that degenerated in violent clashes in the historic center. Other mobilizations are planned throughout Italy on Friday and Saturday.

Difficulties to predict at roads

Trieste’s dockers, an important northeast port, threatened to block the activity, while disturbances are possible in road transport. Ivano Russo, Managing Director of Confetra, the General Italian Confederation of Transport and Logistics, a Patronal Association, reported to the France-Presse agency only on a total of 900,000 road drivers, couriers and warehouse employees, ” between 25% and 30% “do not have a sanitary pass.

 Workers queues, waiting for the control of their sanitation, October 15, 2021, At the entrance of the Fincantieri shipyard, in the port of Genoa, Italy.

The government has offered free tests to Trieste’s dockers, while some terminal operators in the port of Genoa propose to pay themselves. “The real problem of the” Green Pass “for the port of Genoa, and in general for all ports, will be road transport,” said Roberto Gulli, from the Italian Union of Labor (UIL), the Journal La Repubblica. “There could be chaos Friday”.

In the meantime, the government is determined to avoid a repetition of last weekend violence, charged to a small far-right group, Forza Nuova, which, according to experts, has infiltrated the events.

The Mario Draghi government defended the sanitary pass as a means of avoiding new confines in Italy, one of the European countries the hardest hit by the pandemic, which has made more than 130 000 deaths and resulted in a drop of its GDP by 8.9% in 2020.

The vaccination program has maintained infection rates at a low level and Italy is expected to grow by 5.8% this year, according to the latest forecasts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

/Media reports.