Tripodi: Trade union obstructionism? Yet another Di Maio fake news

(To Federico Castiglioni)
18/07/19

Maria Tripodi is the leader of Forza Italia in the Defense Commission at the Chamber of Deputies. In recent days it has made an amendment to the basic text concerning the introduction of military unions in Italy, legislation currently under discussion in Parliament after a solicitation from the council that asked the legislator to consider the article 1475 of the military code that prohibited "the establishment of trade union associations".

Mr Tripodi, military unions are now becoming a reality and the Defense Commission is working hard on this. However, Deputy Minister Di Maio accused the opposition of obstructing them. How much is true in this story?

Unfortunately it is the umpteenth fake news that the vice premier offers free to the Italians and I say it with good reason. The oppositions with a great sense of responsibility expressed their willingness to approve the provision in a speedy and shared manner. As a Forza Italia group leader myself, I have repeatedly appealed to the majority in this regard, obtaining a new reformulation of the original text with a basic text approved by the Commission, also considering the Pdl 1060 at my first signing and the other Pdl of the Colleague Pagani. This is how the text Corda 875 was born and combined. The text then entered the classroom 27 May for the general discussion and sent back to the Commission on the proposal of the Movimento 5Stelle, as shown in the minutes of the session of the Chamber. The responsibility is therefore all pentastellata.

You presented an amendment to the Commission that managed to divide the majority, leading the League to vote contrary to the 5 Movement Stars. His amendment was on the possibility that the military would take the ordinary judge in the event of disputes, and not the labor one. Why was this step important and why only the Grillo and Di Maio Movement seems not to have shared the initiative?

First of all, I take this opportunity to reiterate that the Amendment to my first signature in no way affects the rights of military personnel. And the plastic demonstration is that it has been approved by all political forces, with the exception of the M5S which has instead made it a merely ideological issue.

This amendment is important both in terms of protection, because it does not see any weakening of the rights and offers adequate guarantees, even if strengthened, since it allows both the individual and the trade unions professional associations between military personnel to appeal to the administrative judge . It also aims to not compromise the efficiency of the military instrument. A thesis is that of the ordinary ritual, which has already been confirmed by the Advocate General of the State during the hearing.

What is your idea about the introduction of trade unions in the military world? Although the Constitutional Court has made them obligatory, in fact, there is no lack of doubts about this new guarantee, which risks politicizing a strategic asset of national defense such as the armed forces.

I am in favor of guarantees for military personnel, our women and men must be recognized with the right rights. And it is precisely in this sense that the sentence of the Constitutional Court indicates the way to fill the regulatory gap.

I understand the concerns raised, but I assure you that we are working with seriousness and in a careful way to a law defined by the CSM Defense of epochal importance for the Armed Forces. There is in no way, on the part of the legislator, the intention to politicize the strategic heart of the defense and security of the country. Of risks I do not see if we will operate in a responsible way, on the other hand we are dealing with an issue that concerns the military: common heritage of all Italians.