Several thousand people staged a rally at the port of Trieste on Friday to protest the Italian government’s decision to make coronavirus health passes mandatory for all workers, which went into force on that day.
Trieste’s port, the 7th-largest European one, and the key terminal for oil in the Mediterranean was functional on Friday, even though dockers threatened to block it.
While others continued working, around 2000 people gathered in front of one of the Port entrances to protest the Green Pass mandate, according to local media.
Trieste chiama, Ancona e Genova rispondono. Lavoratori del porto e cittadini bloccano accesso ai porti di Ancona e Genova. Chiedono revoca dell’obbligo del passaporto sanitario per lavorare. pic.twitter.com/JWPZQVvlUM
— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) October 15, 2021
The new regulations require that all Italian workers must have been vaccinated and be recently recovered from coronavirus. If they are found working without the Green Pass, they will lose their wages and be fined 1,500 Euros. According to Reuters, 15% and 8% respectively of the public and private sector workers in Italy currently do not have a valid health pass.
Trieste residents, including many who were wearing yellow vests and carrying slogans, read a lot. ‘Freedom’And ‘No to Green Pass, no to discrimination’, acted peacefully and didn’t try to stop the cargo truck from getting into the port.
“The Green Pass is a bad thing. It’s discrimination as defined by the law. There is nothing more. It’s not a health regulation, it’s just a political move to create division among people,”One of the protestors spoke to the media.
Genoa and the other Italian ports saw calm, although they had previously indicated that they would support the Trieste strike by dockers. In the capital Rome, there was also a protest against Green Pass on Friday. There were heavy police presence.
Trieste port workers from northeastern Italy are critical of this initiative, calling it “unacceptable” since its inception last month. “not a health measure, but a measure of discrimination and blackmail that requires a significant part of workers to pay to be allowed to work.”A number of rallies were held against Green Pass, the largest gathering 15,000+ people. Others from the area also joined the protest.
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The government offered free Covid-19 test to unvaccinated workers at ports earlier in the week. But the dockers rejected it, saying the Green Pass mandate should be removed for all Italian jobs.
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