July 19, 2022
- Home arrests for six executives of S.I. Cobas and USB
in the context of the investigations into strikes in the
- The two trade unions have called for a strike
of 24 hours
- Some trade union leaders of S.I. Cobas and the Union of Trade Unions
Basic (USB) were placed under house arrest this morning on
mandate of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Piacenza with the hypothesis of
offences ranging from conspiracy to private violence,
resistance to public officials, sabotage and
the interruption of public service and which refer to the
strikes in the logistics sector held from 2014 to 2022.
- If in justifying the measures the magistrates have emphasized
'the non-overlapping between the associations for
criminals formed by the suspects and the trade unions, these
last 'devoted to safeguarding workers' rights,
unlike the suspects', in response to these
Measures, S.I. Cobas and USB have called 24 hours strike of
all categories of private and public work starting from
evening shifts of the day today.
- S.I. Cobas announced that they were placed under arrest
home four national leaders of the organization
trade unions and that two were also affected by the same measures
national representatives of USB, while two other precautionary measures are
were issued for two other local USB representatives.
- S.I. Cobas denounced that "this operation has
the goal of tarnishing and discrediting conflictual trade unionism
as a whole, exploiting individual episodes, completely
physiological, of internal dialectic between workers of different
belonging to acronyms within individual warehouses, misrepresenting
deliberately the facts, terms and contents of some harsh disputes
on the territory of Piacenza in order to present the struggles against
exploitation and starvation wages as a kind of "feud"
between unions to grab a few more members".
- S.I. Cobas highlighted that "the struggles that the Prosecutor's Office
wants to criminalize have led in hundreds of companies and
warehouses to an improvement of living conditions and wages
of the workers and the overcoming of that system of exploitation and
caporalato in which they have always wallowed fake cooperatives often
linked to organized crime and that, with complicity
of the confederal trade unions, it has expanded and fed as
a cancer thanks to the complacency and silence of
those same institutions and those same prosecutors' offices that today are
they rage against the SI Cobas and the USB."
- Referring to the measure issued by the Piacenza Public Prosecutor's Office,
the Union of Base Trade Unions has recriminated that "with as many as 350
ordinance pages build a real "theorem"
judicial" on the basis of an endless list of "facts
criminal" such as pickets, strikes, occupations of
warehouses, assemblies, etc.'. "Logistics - has
emphasized the trade union organization - it is one of the junctions
central to the new generation of capitalist economy, the
the movement of goods is a determining ganglion of the
value chain and that's where the contradiction is
expresses at the highest level: exploitation of labour,
mostly foreign and blackmailable, use without brakes
contracts and subcontracts to cooperatives also with infiltrations,
not too underground, of the organized underworld, rights
non-existent and systematically violated trade unions and therefore it is
there that the struggles, the conflict are harder and
determined and there strikes the repression".
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