On the 11th of May all maritime workers (dockers, seafarers, clerical staff, maintenance workers, workers in pilotage, mooring, towage...) will go on strike.
- To draw attention to the worsening of workplace safety in Italian ports and ask for an urgent plan to protect workers: the number of accidents in ports has rised over the last months, and three workers have lost their lives while working in ports since the beginning of the year
- Self-handling is a threat to all maritime workers: it erodes dockers' jobs and it jeopardise seafarers' safety. The authorities' answer to the growing number of attempts by shipping companies to breach the law has not been strong enough. The Italian law is very clear: dockwork can only be done by dockers. The legislation has to be enforced and breaches have to be sanctioned!
- Since the recent governance reform, there are serious concerns over the lack of a uniform application and proper enforcement of existing rules, among them on the right to strike, from the ports' governing bodies.
We express our full support and solidarity with our members FILT CGIL , Fit Cisland Uiltrasporti Nazionale in their legitimate fight to protect jobs and improve working conditions.