Italy is preparing for strikes, national protests and blockades on Friday because of the introduction of a corona pass for all employees. Last weekend, protests in Rome over the pass degenerated into serious riots.
The country will introduce the corona pass for all employees from Friday. They must be able to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from the virus. Italians can also have themselves tested as an alternative, but they have to pay for it themselves.
More than 86 percent of all Italians over the age of 12 have now had at least one corona vaccination and automatically receive the corona pass. However, it is estimated that there are still up to three million Italian workers who are unvaccinated. For example, a spokesperson for lobbying organization Confetra reports that “25 to 30 percent” of the 900,000 truck drivers, mail deliverers and warehouse workers it represents are unvaccinated.
In the port of Trieste, a city in the northeast of the country, workers have already threatened to go on strike on Friday if they cannot be tested for the coronavirus for free. According to the BBC, only 40 percent of the 950 port workers have been vaccinated. Employees who do not have a corona pass and who have not been tested risk a fine of up to 1500 euros. They can also be sent home without pay.
Although “chaos” is expected in Italy on Friday due to strikers, polls show that two-thirds of Italians support the mandatory corona pass.
The so-called green pass is already a requirement in Italy for people who, for example, work in education or visit restaurants, museums or gyms. The pass, originally intended to facilitate travel in the EU, is increasingly being used, including in other countries.