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(en) Rotten smell right in Italian schools (it) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:34:22 +0200


How strong is the temptation to return to wield carrot and stick in this country! Many efforts are being made to reduce to a submissive silence the millions of public sector workers and private, tearing decades of labor law, trade union rights, of national contracts and issuing regulations that have the sole purpose of inhibiting all forms of response organized in trade unions, to stifle any claim rooted in the categories and in the workplace. ---- In this direction the measures which relate to the school, contained in the law of stability that the current government intends to approve by the end of the calendar year. ---- In line with the regulations issued by the previous government, is involved alongside wages and economic progression.

The block of contract renewals until 2014 extends the block already decided by the Decree Law 78/2010 by the Berlusconi government until 2012. But also blocks the progression for up to 2013 steps foreseen by the national associations.

So, stop with the contract to 2007, the salaries of the school were apparently immobile, but in reality they have lost more than 20% of their purchasing power.

In the law of stability disappears holiday allowance contract (the trade union dispute on the basis of its failure to deliver in the past had received numerous favorable verdicts) until 2015, when he returns to be paid by hooking programmed inflation rather than to ' HICP (the European rate, heavier than half a percentage point compared to the old calculation of inflation).

But the law of stability lies in continuity with the infamous Decree 150/2009, better known as Decree Brunette, where you want to lose efficacy to collective bargaining, without being able to deny the primacy in the regulation of rights and duties in the public sector both on the part of employees and by the administration as an employer.

If the wage sufficient under Article .36 of the Constitution is to be found in the amounts determined by collective bargaining, with the collective agreement the primary source of employment (judgment of the Court of Cassation of 14/10/2009), then the operation Monti government in the bill on the stability appears to be entirely one-sided and detrimental to the constitutional rights of workers.

Similarly, the operation in tort on the increase of 6 hours teaching time in primary and secondary schools to pay the same, is emerging as a clear violation of the primacy of the collective agreement. Would the 723 million euro that the government would like to save the operation 24 hours: 22 thousand jobs to be cut. The shadow of the Gelmini projects still in its destruction of labor rights and culture.

Good game thanks to the media that the government willingly "forget" that in Italy the teachers have the lowest wages in Europe against longer hours (22 hours for the teachers against the EU average of 19.6, 18 hours for teachers compared to the average of 16.3 of the EU).

Meanwhile, others provide € 223 million for private schools ...

But in addition to the legislative decree on stability, is looming on the horizon in the transformation law of the bill Aprea (PDL) on the "Statutory Autonomy of educational institutions", which in April had a fast track with unified text in the legislative VII to Commission culture of the House. It is a flurry of articles that would lead the Italian school at the mercy of individuals who enter the collegial bodies and in the definition of the autonomous status of each school that subtracts actually teachers the freedom to teach.

In the face of so much stick and carrot dried up, the response of school workers today is strongly influenced by the division in the trade union, choices of subordination made in the past by CISL-UIL-SNALS-GILDA, the late and lonely radicalization of the CGIL, the chronic inability to unite the different base unions present in class.

We need a response from below, we need a grassroots mobilization that follows roads already victorious in the past, against and in spite of the government in power, and despite certain lines against unions totally subordinate. The school has already been able to demonstrate that they know how to organize from the bottom and in a unified way: teachers, students, parents, united in defending and save public schools from the miseries of privatization, united in defending the public school as a garrison culture in territories still most impoverished and commodified.


Labour Commission

Federation of Anarchist Communists

October 24, 2012

Related Link: http://www.fdca.it
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