Italian Workers Will Not Be Used For Arms Transport!

February 21, 2003
Rome, Italy

No Usage of Italian Workers for Arms Transport.

"Railway staff must not be utilised to move convoys transporting arms intended to produce death and destruction," the FILT CGIL General Secretary Guido Abbadessa said today (Feb. 21) in response to information from rail union delegates from the Livorno Freight division regarding trains passing through Tuscany from Vicenza, carrying tactical US weapons to Tombolo - Camp Darby.
The FILT will therefore "refuse such employment of staff, which removes them from normal peacetime duties".

The CGIL Transport section has warned of an Italian port boycott of all operations which could result in support for the war.

"Italian portworkers will restrict the use of their ports for logistical operations to support war in Iraq, exercising all legitimate union methods to prevent them from becoming a strategic support for an illegitimate and unjustified act of war, and will continue to be, as now, a crossroads of trade and people engaged in economic development and peace between peoples," FILT CGIL Gen. Sec. Guido Abbadessa said today.

"Commercial ships transporting goods for use in the war in Iraq will be boycotted by portworkers who will refuse, through strike action, to carry out loading and unloading operations. This will be the contribution of Italian portworkers to preventing a war which offends the civil conscience of the entire world and can only worsen the international situation, with its current conflicts and tensions, and contribute to raising the risk of new acts of international terrorism."

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Livorno, Ships With Military Supplies Sail After Protests

Livorno, Italy, March 11 - First the 'Thebeland' set sail and then the 'Rosa Delmas'. Two supply ships were loaded last night at the Port of Livorno, with American military materials that came from Camp Darby. The second ship departed at 7 o'clock this morning. The ships were loaded without a hitch, despite the 24-hour Cgil strike at the company 'Scotto', controlled by 'Figli di Nado Neri.' Many Americans and a few Italians worked.

"To the labor union, it appears that the workers from the company Scotto did not carry out the operation," stated the secretary of the Chamber of Labor in Livorno, Piero Nocchi.

"There was adhesion to the strike. It is possible that some executives worked, but this is another matter."

The entrances were guarded by huge lines of the forces of order. There was a dozen of trucks and vans from the police and the military police, which carried over 500 men that twice faced groups of pacifists that were occupying the streets. In the first case, in front of the entrance to Varco Galvani, the protesters were dragged outside the roadway. In the second case, the protest was moved even further away from the port, on the street that leads to the Varco Galvani, where it was joined by a larger group. The demonstrators then left the area. (AGI)