Filctem - the federation that unites chemical, textile, energy and manufacturing workers of the CGIL - deems a pact for growth and development necessary. Ahead of the congress (April 8-10 in Perugia), a document with six ideas for Italy
Filctem - the Federation that unites chemical, textile, energy and manufacturing workers of the CGIL - deems a pact for growth and development necessary that arises from a strong act such as the moratorium, for a significant period, of layoffs and divestments as a contribution to the stability of our country, hit hard by an unprecedented economic and social crisis. Six in particular are the "ideas for Italy" that Filctem has drawn up in a document under discussion in the congresses of its local structures:
1. ENERGY, THE POSSIBLE TRANSITION
The energy issue is strategic for relaunching and qualifying the country's development, both in terms of "sustainability" and "competitiveness". For Filctem, the "transition phase" is essential in which the timing of the transition from the old model - mainly focused on fossil sources (oil, gas, coal) - to the new one, more inclined to efficiency and energy saving, to renewable. This transition must be "governed" both from an economic point of view (excessive energy costs on the production apparatus, over 30% more than in our other European competitors) and from a social point of view (the crisis of employment in thermoelectric and refining).
Five in particular the reflections and proposals of Filctem. The first: refineries, regasification terminals, pipelines, so-called intelligent networks ("smart grids"), transport and distribution, power plants - the latter, moreover, the most modern and efficient in Europe - are the country's heritage which must be safeguarded and not abandoned in this negative economic situation, in order to be able to relaunch it in the future. The second: an objective to be achieved is the reduction of energy costs with an intervention on the structural causes (high cost of the mix of primary sources, system inefficiencies, network malfunctions) as well as the definition of a new tariff system which reduces the tax and parafiscal bills, including system charges (renewable and assimilated sources, nuclear charges, etc.). Therefore, the redefinition of the rules of the electricity market is necessary and in particular the reform of the functioning mechanisms of the Power Exchange so that the electricity produced at lower costs contributes to the reduction of the final prices. The third: a careful management of the transition phase in progress to ensure autonomy and energy security of the country, competitive costs, enhancing the investments made and those necessary to reduce costs and energy dependence from abroad (today around the 80%), safeguarding and protecting employment levels to avoid the Waterloo of work (over 5,000 workers at risk in thermoelectric, more than 6,000 in refining). The fourth: invest part of the proceeds d