Factories reopen, starting with those of weapons. Not at full capacity, but only with a hundred employees, but there Beretta in Val Trompia – after reopening the prototyping department two weeks ago to create valves for respirators – he resumed production, which is evidently considered strategic for national purposes. The metalworkers’ union of Brescia monitors the situation to ensure the safety to workers. “We are relatively calm in larger companies, where there is union representation. It is much more difficult to discover the entrepreneurs who make the ‘crafty‘In smaller companies. There are always those who try to get around the rules, “he says Stefano Olivari, secretary of the Fim-Cisl of Brescia, a province where the presence of mechanical companies is strong.
After the decree which extended to April 13th the suspension of non-essential production activities, trade union supervision is tightening. “Rumors are coming from some valleys of attempts to open anyway, perhaps focusing on difficulty of checks. And it is in those realities that we seek to force the rules regarding i Ateco codes which classify economic activities. The strong concern we have about the decree is precisely the codes that are inadequate to define one production chain, to determine if a company re-enters it. ”
Reopening tests between Prefectures that must coordinate the flow of requests, companies that try to force the hand and put the authorities in front of the accomplished events and union representatives. “Meanwhile, we need to distinguish the demands of companies in two different categories. – he explains Francesco Bertoli, provincial secretary of the CGIL and of the metalworkers of Fiom – There are those (companies functional to ensuring the activities of the essential supply chains and continuous production cycle plants, ed) to which one is sufficient declaration sent to the prefect, unless denied if the conditions for reopening do not exist … “. And then? “There are those who, according to the letter h of the decree, have to wait for theprior authorization“.
For each of these situations there are different controls. In the province of Brescia, just over 4 thousand requests, especially small and medium-sized companies that communicate the recovery of production. So far, around 600 have been checked. The category of prior authorizations currently includes approximately 400 questions. “Of these 150 have been escaped, the prefect instructs the Guard of Finance of controls. In other cases there is also the involvement of the Chamber of Commerce“.
The smart ones? “There are, in some cases we have managed to block early statements that companies were part of a supply chain, but it did not correspond to the truth. – reveals the secretary of Fiom – Because the temptation to force by hand is there. And any company that managed to pass would lead the way to the others. “
What can the union do in these cases? Report them, but in turn workers’ organizations must be warned by internal representatives. The vein of the authorizations is largely bureaucratic and will take some time to carry out all the checks. “It is important to work on compliance with the security protocol which provides for very strict rules regarding masks, sanitation work environments and respect for distances in the processing stages. – adds Stefano Olivari – On these aspects there is a lot of sensitivity on the part of the workers, because they have fear to go back to the factory “. Precisely by leveraging this widespread fear, the unions (which are instructing representatives on the rules), appeal to workers to report irregularity. “If problems arise, we are ready to present complaint to the carabinieri. Because the recovery, when there will be, must take place in conditions of safety and serenity “.
And the strategy of large companies? Aldo Bonomi he is CEO of the homonyms fittings Brescia, a group with four companies and 650 employees. At the end of February he had run a video under the slogan “We are not afraid”. We do not stop, we believe it, we go on because with us “the only contagious thing is theoptimism“. Then they stopped too. Now we try to start again. “The offices are already in smart working – explains Bonomi – and we aim to reopen that part of the company attributable to the authorized supply chains. I am referring to gas and water valves or supplies for public companies. It can go from 20 to 30 percent of the total. ” Do the decrees satisfy you? “First of all it should be reiterated that the just cautionmistakes must not be made and health must be protected. The decrees have the limitation of not differentiating companies more tested and structured that also provide greater guarantees than others on safety “.