SERVICES

“Liberty lines layoffs, the government is absent”

Genoa - The Italian Ministry of Transportation, has refused to renew the concession to operate a fast maritime passenger transport service on the Messina-Reggio Calabria route.

Genoa - The Uiltrasporti trade union has criticised the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport (MIT) for not having engaged in dealing with the problem of redundancy procedures currently affecting workers at Liberty Lines. MIT, the Italian Ministry of Transportation, has refused to renew the concession to operate a fast maritime passenger transport service on the Messina-Reggio Calabria route by the shipping company in question, a service that is now being carried out by Bluferries, a company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane group. “The number of seafarers involved,” recalled Italy’s secretary of Uiltrasporti, Paolo Fantappiè, “at the Liberty Lines company in the midst of dismissal procedures number seventy-two, and it was the MIT’s decision to change operators for the service concession on the Messina-Reggio Calabria link that brought it on and triggered such dramatic consequences.” “The unions’ urgent requests to meet with the MIT,” explained the representative of the union organization, “have been met with total silence, despite the seriousness of the situation for the affected seafarers and their families.” “Uiltrasporti,” concluded Fantappiè, “condemns the inexplicable behaviour of the MIT. We cannot comprehend why Italy’s central institutions are failing to make a statement or take action. We therefore reiterate our request for an immediate government response aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by the seafarers.”

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