[fr] Travailleur de la logistique tué à Plaisance pendant une grève

usb-piacenza-300x225Durant la nuit du 14 au 15 Septembre, Abdelssalam Eldanf fut tué alors qu’il était en grève avec ses collègues devant l’usine de logistique GLS dans la ville italienne de Plaisance. Il fut écrasé par un camion qui tentait de forcer le piquet de grève. D’après les grévistes, le conducteur de camion s’est exécuté a la demande du responsable du personnel de l’usine.

Précédemment, une grève à été faite au sein de l’entreprise SEAM chargée de la gestion l’usine de GLS. Suite au licenciement de 37 travailleurs temporaires, un groupe de travailleurs organisés dans le syndicat de base USB, qui portait les revendications des salariés de l’usine. SEAM avait convenu de rembaucher 13 des travailleurs, pour finalement faire volte-face. Par conséquent, les travailleurs se sont mis en grève et ont bloqué la sortie des camions de l’usine.

Les travailleurs ont témoigné qu’ils ont entendu le responsable du personnel crier au conducteur du camion “Vas-y! Vas-y!” ainsi que les refus répétés du conducteur. Puis, après plusieurs ordres insistants du responsable, le chauffeur pris le camion et commença à conduire dans une rue étroite et à haute vitesse. Eldanf, et deux autres travailleurs, un d’entre eux blessé, ont été frappés. La police qui surveillait la protestation ne fit rien.

Eldanf, 53 ans, père de cinq enfants, en attente de sa naturalisation, est né en Egypte, où il était enseignant. Il a travaillé dans l’usine GLS pendant 14 ans, et il ne figurait pas parmi les travailleurs licenciés: il était en CDI et faisait le piquet de grève en solidarité avec ses camarades.

La Procureure de Plaisance a déclaré que sa mort est du a un “accident de la route”, puisque elle a nié qu’il y avait un piquet de grève ou n’importe quelle autre forme de protestation a ce moment là à l’usine, bien que la police était là pour maintenir l’ordre public. Le conducteur du camion n’est pas en état d’arrestation, ni l’est, évidemment, le responsable du personnel, qui avait donné l’ordre de forcer le piquet.

Un grand nombre de manifestations ont eu lieu en Italie pendant la journée du 16 Septembre, pour pleurer la mort d’Eldanf. Les protestataires ont occupé la gare de Plaisance, tandis qu’à Bologne un rassemblement a été réprimé par la police pendant que les manifestants tentaient de rentrer dans la gare. D’autres démonstrations ont eu lieu à Pavie, Naples, et dans d’autres villes. L’usine GLS de Plaisance est encore bloquée. Le syndicat des travailleurs du métal FIOM a déclaré une grève de solidarité à l’usine Ferrari.

La logistique est un secteur qui a toujours vécu des luttes très fortes durant les années passées, qui ont été réprimées avec une extrême violence par la police et les entreprises mêmes, surtout dans la région de Plaisance, qui a connu de tels épisodes dans le passé. Les camions ont toujours été utilisés comme une arme contre les piquets de grève, blessant plusieurs personnes. Beaucoup ont remarqué que la première victime de cette pratique tueuse n’allait être qu’une question de temps.

Nous, Struggles in Italy, voudrions exprimer nos condoléances et offrir notre solidarité à la famille et aux camarades de Abdelssalam Eldanf.

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[en] Logistic worker killed while on strike in Piacenza

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During the night between September 14 and 15, Abdelssalam Eldanf was killed while he was on strike with other workers in front of the GLS logistic plant in Piacenza. He was crushed by a truck that was trying to force the picket line. According to the workers, the truck driver was ordered to break the picket line by the Chief of Staff at the plant.

A strike had been called against the company contracted to run the plant, the SEAM. The company had fired 37 temporary workers, as well as a group of workers organized with the USB base union, who were actively leading struggles on the workplace. SEAM had previously agreed to re-hire 13 of the workers, but it suddenly rejected the agreement. Therefore, the workers immediately went on strike and blocked the exit of trucks from the plant.

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[en] Workers occupy ILVA steel plant in Genoa

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When it was closed on the order of a judge for causing environmental damage, the ILVA steel plant in Taranto was the biggest in Europe. The parent ILVA group, which owns several other plants in Italy, was the largest in Europe, employing a total of 14,000 workers. Current figures suggest it is no longer the number one steel producer, and production has halved since the court order.

By government decree, the plants have to be sold by the end of June. Any offers must be received by February 20 but nothing concrete has emerged so far, even though the government has allocated €800 million for the environmental rehabilitation of the Taranto plant. Meanwhile, the group’s competitors in Europe have pushed the European Commission to open an inquiry into ILVA and the state subsidies it receives. The most persistent in asking for the Commission’s intervention has been one of ILVA’s major rivals, the German steel group ThyssenKrupp.

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[en] Italian death rate up 11%

hospital-292569_960_720This shocking figure comes from Italian Institute of Statistics (Istat) data reported by Gian Carlo Blangiardo, demographer and director of the Statistics Department of Bicocca University in Milan. The mortality data cover the first seven months of 2015 and if the trend has continued, there will be 69,000 deaths more in 2015 than in 2014.

Yes, the Italian population is getting older – Italy is towards the top of world tables for life expectancy, or at least it was in 2014! This fact alone though, according to Blangiardo, only explains 19,000 of the deaths. What about the other 50,000? We need to go back to WWI and WWII to find a such big increase, he says, or to Eastern Europe following the fall of the Soviet Union.

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The Paris effect: Looking for ISIS in the wrong place

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Press conference at Baobab center, Rome, 03.12.15 (Ph:Renato Ferrantini).

The November attacks in Paris had an unknown, but quite foreseeable, effect on Italy.
Even though the traditional targets (the Vatican, synagogues, metros and stations) are under surveillance, Italian newspapers keep reminding us all that traditional types of terrorism are over and that now everybody is a potential target. And so, therefore, everybody is a potential terrorist.
This month, terrorists have been spotted in strange places and situations all over Italy, and the alarm has always been proved wrong.
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[en] Sardinia: Demonstration against NATO’s Trident Juncture training

manifesto_3-novembre-teulada_contro-la-trident-juncture_ING-486x687“Trident Juncture shows that NATO’s capabilities are real and ready,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday 4 November 2015. Trident Juncture, NATO’s largest exercise in over a decade, involved more than 36,000 personnel, more than 230 units, more than 140 aircraft and more than 60 ships. It took place in a number of locations, including Italy. Continue reading

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[en] What is really happening in Bologna

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Bologna has always been a laboratory, both for social movements and for their counterparts. Bologna “the Red”, the industrialized city with one of the strongest worker movements in Italy, is now facing great changes, that started years ago and are now accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

A shifting economy

Between 2001 and 2011 the Emilia-Romagna region lost 22.6% of workers in the secondary (industrial) sector, with this percentage being even higher in the province of Bologna. Meanwhile, the tertiary sector has become more and more important, following a trend that is well-known throughout the industrialized western countries, but is felt particularly severely here. Once a city based largely on manufacturing activities, Bologna has since transformed into a city of commerce and services. But while the number of workers in the tertiary sector grew by 15.4%, the number of businesses decreased by about 7%, and this data only takes us up to 2011, when the economic crisis really began to hit small businesses. Contrary to the New York Times’ portrayal of the city, Bologna is less and less a city of small independent shops and restaurants. On the contrary, a growing part of its economic activity is in the hands of large companies.

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