Italian workers threaten to block ports against health passport that goes into effect on Friday

Mandatory proof of vaccination or immunity against Covid-19 takes effect on Friday

EFE / EPA / RICCARDO ANTIMIANIMandatory health passport becomes valid in Italy this Friday

a group of workers italians held this Wednesday, 13, a demonstration in ports of cities across the country against the obligation of health passport which takes effect on Friday 15th for all workers in the country. They threatened to block “all operations” at the port on the day the measure took effect. “All operations will be blocked at the port of Trieste” (northeast Italy), said Stefano Puzzer, spokesman for the unit’s workers union. Italian dockers, who also protested in other cities like Ancona in the east of the country, threatened to block “almost all ports” against Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s decree, with guidelines on the obligation of all employees to show their health passports to from Friday.

In addition to protests at ports, other demonstrations are planned in cities like Rome. The covid-19 certificate confirms that someone has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, has already had the disease, or tested negative in the hours before their presentation. To avoid the blockade, the Italian Ministry of Interior asked port companies to carry out free tests for their workers. The price of each one at the pharmacy is, on average, €15 (almost R$100). On the other hand, the unions responded that they will only stop the protests if the measure, which will remain in force at least until the end of the year, is revoked. It is estimated that 2.5 million unvaccinated workers will have to undergo periodic tests to be able to issue health passports, and may be fined up to €1.5 thousand.

*With information from EFE

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