Italy’s populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has announced the implementation of budgetary cuts for pro-immigration associations.
After the announcement, Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) union revealed that they had to lay off around 5,000 workers due to the funding cuts under Salvini’s security and migration decree.
The group has also forecasted a total of 15,000 layoffs by the end of the year.
CGIL’s Stefano Sabato commented on the effect of the migration funding cuts:
“At the moment we have come to count about 5,000 redundancy procedures, to which we are responding with the tools available, solidarity agreements, fund for wage integration, but our interest is to be able to restore ordinary social safety nets to cope with the dramatic situation that in this way we risk not being able to manage.”
“If the Security decree is not reformed or amended within 12 months, we will still have to launch mass dismissal procedures,” he added.
CGIL has 5.5 million members and is currently the second largest trade union in Europe. Left wing groups complained of less profits due to the Security Decree which scraps humanitarian residency permits and allows the authorities to evict squatters.
A few left-wing mayors said that they would not follow the decree. However, majority of Italians backed Salvini’s budgetary cuts, with a poll showing that 63 percent of voters support the Italian Interior minister’s security decree.
In 2016, corruption involving mafia groups was exposed. These groups allegedly pocketed most of the state funds meant for the operation of asylum centers and charged migrants “protection money”.
During the biennial assembly of business group Assonime, Innocenzo Cipolletta, the President of the association, said that Italy’s Fascist regime style of governance has returned.
“Exacerbated political tensions have returned. Intolerance often prevails over a willingness to (do) the common good,” said Cipolletta
“We are sadly growing accustomed to acts of racism and prevarication, while slogans and attitudes of the darkest period of our country’s history have been dusted off. We thought we had definitively put the Fascist 20-year rule into the history museums,” he added.