Precarious workers, seduced and abandoned

Marco Travaglio has launched “Signornò” {No Sir!}, a new column in l’Espresso. It started with the precarious ones and then there’s the demonstration on 20 October. Not just the “radical left”, the fight against precariousness with the reform of the law 30 was in the election manifesto of the Unione, even though many people in the Unione have forgotten that. But we don’t forget anything.
”So it’s official, the demonstration on 20 October is about welfare and it’s against precariousness. It’s promoted by the “radical left” and it’s an attack against the Prodi government. “A contradiction that cannot be rectified” thunders D’Alema. “an initiative in error”, says Fassino. “No Ministers in the streets”, from Veltroni and Bindi. For once they all agree so well. “If Ministers go out into the streets, it means there’s a government crisis”, threatens Mastella. Even Mussi of the Democratic Left holds back: “Better to have a meeting inside a building.” Unfortunately, without considering whether or not the motivation of the promoters is just, no one is saying why going out into the streets would be such a horrendous thing to do. Especially considering that the revisiting of the law 30 (wrongly called “Biagi”) is written into the election manifesto “For the good of Italy”, on the basis of which the Unione was voted into power giving rise to the Prodi government.
In the tome of 282 pages, the running sore of the precarious workers is cited a good 28 times. “To make the fragmentation of the world of work even more fragmented, the ‘Maroni’ law (law n. 30/2003) entered the field…We are against the contents of the law 30…. For us, the normal form of employment is a normal work contract without a time limit, because we believe that all the people must be able to construct for themselves the prospect of serene life and work (161-162). “The extension of precariousness has contributed to the worsening of the safety conditions in the work place.” (163)
Who is threatening the government then? Who is asking that the manifesto be respected? Or who is forgetting that they signed it? On 2 August, Prodi wrote to the leaders of the left: “In the Autumn, I really would like there to be the demonstration that has been talked about: out in the open air and in the work places. Take with you your issues, popular pride, triggers and naturally criticism”.
There’s no lack of precedence. On 22 March 1997, D’Alema, the DS Secretary, marched with Bertinotti and the Trades Unions “to press – recalls the former trades unionist D’Antoni - the first Prodi government about the issue of employment” And last spring, Mastella demonstrated on Family Day against the DDL on the Dico issue written by two Ministers of his government. Now, to those who remind him of this he says: “Yes, but it is very different, because I did not promote the demonstration.” In fact it was promoted by the friends of Pezzotta and the Cdl,, that is by the opposition. And he was marching with Berlusconi, Fini and Casini: but to lend a hand to Prodi of course.”
Marco Travaglio

PS: Download and distribute “Schiavi Moderni” {Modern Slaves} (260.000 copies downloaded).

PPS: I’ve been told about an initiative for 6 October in Rome called: “From V-Day to the National Civic List” by Roberto Alagna, Oliviero Beha, Pancho Pardi, and Elio Veltri. I want to let you know that I have NOTHING TO DO WITH the National Civic List that is being proposed.

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Fuck Them All… A report on Vaffanculo day! in Italy with Solidarity for the editorial staff of the collegian at Colorado State

by Michael Leonardi

The controversy surrounding the Fuck Bush! editorial run in the Colorado State University newspaper provides a fitting context for a report on the Vaffanculo (Fuck Off) Day! and movement organized by Italian comedian turned Political Activist Beppe Grillo as it continues to send shockwaves through the corrupt halls of Parliament in Rome. Organized to ban convicted felons from holding office as well as to set two term limits on elected politicians, Vaffanculo Day! met with tremendous success on September 8th and Grillo continues to mobilize a grassroots movement of Italians fed up with their corrupt and ineffective political class. Beppe Grillo organized this action through his blog, one of the most active in the Europe and most popular in Italy, while the mainstream press gave no publicity to the Fuck Off Day! until after it happened. Last week President Georgio Napolitano described Grillo’s and the growing anti-political movement in the Country as dangerous to the stability of the Republic. On Wednesday of last week, Mauro Mazza the director of Tg2 one of Italy’s national television stations, likened Grillo and his followers to terrorists. And now the V- day phenomena is continuing to attract daily media attention.

The government has much to be concerned about. A stagnant economy, ecological crisis, and a corrupt out of control global economy are holding the citizen’s of this country hostage, while those in the governing class stand by and do nothing. The dissatisfaction of most Italians -- 68 percent in the most recent poll -- with both the center left and center right has found an outlet for expression in Beppe Grillo’s political satire and with his development of a democratic mechanism to construct and propose viable alternatives to the political establishment. This while the do nothing politicians continue to wine and dine on the perks paid for by the taxpayers, while mired in corruption and sleazy backroom cronyism. Grillo’s recent jabs at current Prime Minister Romano Prodi were describing him in one word “Valium” and pondering as to whether or not he might have Alzheimers?

Beppe Grillo could be termed a radical populist with a strong anti-capitalist bent. He is an avid environmentalist and proponent of renewable energy; he first gained international recognition for his political activism when he exposed the Parmalat Crack before any elected government officials. He is against America’s terror war and the continued presence of American military bases in Italy. He crusades against the destructiveness of corporate rule. He leads by example, with solar panels on his home and a hybrid car. His blog provides a forum where citizens offer and discuss proposals for solving Italy’s wide range of problems, while addressing the government’s corruption and ineptitude. It was through this blog that V day was organized and it’s also in English Grillo’s comic routines leave people laughing and crying at the same time as he describes in witty detail the enabling of multinational corporations to exploit, plunder and profit by our pathetic and corrupt politicians and governments.

Grillo’s next Vaffanculo day! is going to target the media. In Italy as in the United States the corporate controlled media is complicit in the crimes of our politicians and their corporate puppet masters. As Italy’s center-left and center-right battle for control of the public’s airwaves, the citizens are left more and more in the dark about real issues that effect their lives. The major newspapers like La Reppublica and Corriera Della Serra have become nothing more than rubber stamps for the Prodi’s and Berlusconi’s, much like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal in America.

While the politicians and pundits speak of the danger of the growing anti-political movement and liken the citizens to terrorists, it is we who are suffering from the negligence and complicity of our terrorist governments as they allow and perpetrate the destruction of our natural resources, criminal and genocidal wars, and the poisoning of our air water and land in the name of profit and the growth of the global economy. The students of Colorado State and David McSwane should feel proud at demonstrating their anger toward the terrorist in the White House and know that they have solidarity from across the Atlantic. Their’s should be a model of journalistic integrity in an America where the servile journalists ask permission to ask questions to the assholes who have stolen our democracy. Maybe it’s be time for a Fuck Off Day in America? Or an International Fuck Off Day! It seems that the entire planets governing regimes – with the possible exceptions of Chavez, Morales and Zapatero, deserve a big Fuck Off!

So, with Vaffanculo Day! in Italy and the editorial staff of the Collegian at Colorado State here’s a Fuck Off Bush! Did you really fucking think that you could get away with lying to the American people for the past 8 years? And a follow up, are you really a son of a Bitch or does your mom just act like one on T.V.? Go fuck yourself Cheney! What the fuck is wrong with you, anyway? Fuck you too Kerry you skull and bones prick! Why the fuck did you stand quietly by while Andrew Meyer was tasered by fat ass, too many donut eating cops? And what’s your answer to his questions on why you stood idly by while our so called fucking democracy was stolen for a second time in the last presidential campaign? What the fuck happened in Ohio you cocksucker? You make me Fucking sick Pelosi! Why the fuck don’t you and the rest of your corporate sponsored party put impeachment back on the fucking table? What the fuck are you afraid of Conyers? Fuck you, your corporate backers and your illusions of system supremacy Hillary Clinton! And what about you Bill, you still fucking all over town? Fuck Off Ratzinger, you pedophile protecting slimeball! We’ve had enough of you and your child fucking clergy! Fuck Off Prodi, or at least wake the fuck up! Fuck Off Merkel, you G8 ho! Fuck you and your french fries Sarkozy! Fuck off to the governments that continue to use the death penalty like in Iran! Yeah, that means you too Ahmadinejad, No Fucking Nukes? Fuck off Putin and your Kremlin clowns! Fuck off to the Israeli government with their concentration camp complexes! Fuck off Hamas for playing into the hands of the Israeli wackos with your own wackiness! Fuck off to Stephen Harper in Canada! Fuck you too Gordon Brown! Fuck you John Howard, you ass kissing piece of shit! And one big fuck you to all you Nader hating democrats who have continued to blindly follow a worthless and spineless party of asses as they lead us to absolutely fucking nowhere! Are you ever gonna wake the Fuck up!!!!!

Michael Leonardi is originally from Toledo, Ohio but currently lives in Rome, Italy. He is currently serving on the coordinating committee of US Citizens for Peace and Justice, Roma and can be contacted at Or you can visit palude near at

Posted by: michael leonardi | September 29, 2007 06:25 PM


Posted by: MARIA MARINO | September 29, 2007 04:05 PM


Sono veramente stupefatto di quello che oggi accade in Italia, dal punto di vista generale e in tutti i settori.

nel bel paese ormai non c'è via di mezzo la maggior parte delle famglie non arrivano a fine mese con degli stipendi basati ancora sulla vecchia moneta ''lire''.
O sei di destra o sinistra non serve a resolvere i tanti problemi del bel paese ma serve solo a spartire il potere le cosi dette i poteri forti.
io sono uno che fa circa 10 ore di lavoro in regola e lo stato prende dal mio stipendio il 60%
di tasse.
Spero un giorno di vedere le cose che cambiano volti nuovi persone che hanno voglia di fare qualcosa sinceramente.. la speranza è ultima a morire .. ciao pepe.

Posted by: Raed Allo | September 25, 2007 10:23 AM

Circa il Welfare day proposto per il 10 ottobre prossimo, proporrerei che il sistema welfare sia simile a quello irlandese, dove se non trovi lavoro nel tuo paese, il paese deve mantenerti vitanaturaldurante. Questo succede in Irlanda dove vivo io. Ebbene cosi che se il governo di turno non si muove a creare occupazione e crescita economica (senno` che ci sta sa fare li) vuol dire che la gente puo`continuare a campare in santa pace senza dovere uscire dal prorpio paese di nascita. Basta con questa emigrazione!

Posted by: Dario Tarabella | September 24, 2007 06:18 PM

io metterei come titolo: La rtisposta della nuova Mafia. INCREDIBBBBBBILEEEEEE

Posted by: noemi corsini | September 23, 2007 09:26 PM

Dedicated to Beppe Grillo

Inspirted from the Blessed Muses.

Poem By Maria Katerina Frankuzka Novak
"Untied" States of Peace


In my finishing plight
as a Soldier of antiquity,
I have returned two thousand years
in my own future to speak Oracle
without fear of wathfulness or
intolerant despise.

To return as proof that profanity
was honorable. I have come to terms
with my karma as murderer Caesar,
have you?

In truth, your pen was mightier than our swords,
as we sealed the legacies of bloody carnage upon
the battlefields of lies. My brothers and I,
united in a lust for blood, immortalized
by them Elders who betrayed our youth,
as millions suffered at a glorification of War.

In my Dreaming, I have seen my hands
hold the Sword of Destiny, cutting the throats
of my false Enemy. Now, here, in this life,
I was to stand before the Ancient tribe of Cerberus
dogs at the gates of the
Underworld, seeing millions of Men's names
inscribed in the Book of the Dead,
known as the Great Halls of Hell.

I have journeyed my last hero’s quest
to reclaim my Soul, have you my Emperor and Politicians?

Fall ideologies, theologies and poets
that dream and honor such immortal pleasure
of a language called killing and betrayal.
I participated then and I am a witness now
who cannot look away from the Kingdoms
upon which I stood as a Soldier of Fortune
for the riches that were laid before my King.

I have come from the future
to tell you that time is now dissolving
and in your own SOUL unknown to your mind
lays a deeper remembrance
so we may FEEL and LOVE again and live in the great integrity
of the gates known as the
Book of the Living.

Posted by: Mary Novak | September 22, 2007 08:11 PM

I'd like to endorse what was written by Pierre Alessandre Cerro Di Vincenzo. The English translations are poor. And I actually am an expert in this field, being an English>Italian translator myself (Italian mother tongue).

You'd need the translations made by an expert *English mother tongue* (NOT Italian mother tongue) translator.

For information about buying good translations, please see the guide available on AITI's website (

And please, even we have a "partita IVA", don't treat us like industry's "precari": pay the translators a good, nice fee ( :-)

Posted by: Alessandra Torriani | September 21, 2007 03:52 PM

Ciao Beppe, mi rifaccio a quanto descritto nella legge citata ovvero:

Siamo contrari ai contenuti della legge 30… Per noi la forma normale di occupazione è il lavoro a tempo indeterminato, perché riteniamo che tutte le persone devono potersi costruirsi una prospettiva di vita e di lavoro serena” (161-162).

Ebbene la mia azienda (Vodafone) da qualche giorno ha intrapreso una strategia sul piano industriale e sta cercando di esternalizzare 914 dipendenti. Cio significa che i dipendenti assunti regolarmente con contratto a tempo indeterminato passeranno ad altra azienda per chissa quanto tempo. L'indeterminato diventa precarizzato, tutto questo e' possibile? Noi lotteremo fino alla fine per impedire che centinaia di famiglie oggi abbiano la prospettiva e la serenita di vita distrutta.



Posted by: sergio codutti | September 21, 2007 01:50 PM

thank you Beppe for your ideas. thank you for helping us to understand and give us a platform to express...our society, the italian, the spanish (i am form spain) has become more feudal than in feudal times....

are you programming anything in spain,,,,HOW CAN I HELP


Posted by: vicente corona | September 21, 2007 10:27 AM

...I fascicoli di quell’omicidio senza colpevole sono stati ripescati dagli archivi e sono arrivati sulle scrivanie dei magistrati antimafia di Milano: Pierro infatti era consulente finanziario anche di una galassia di società che facevano capo a due imprenditori, Natale Sartori e Antonino Currò, arrestati martedì 9 marzo 1999 a Milano e imputati di rapporti mafiosi insieme a un più noto imprenditore e politico che li conosceva bene: Marcello Dell’Utri.
I magistrati di Palermo Antonio Ingroia, Domenico Gozzo, Mauro Terranova e Umberto De Giglio nel marzo 1999 chiedono per Dell’Utri addirittura l’arresto. Accusa: aver tentato di convincere un paio di “pentiti”, grazie a generose offerte di denaro, a testimoniare a suo favore. I due, Cosimo Cirfeta e Giuseppe Chiofalo, avrebbero dovuto raccontare di essere stati avvicinati da altri collaboratori di giustizia, che li volevano spingere ad aggiungersi agli accusatori di Dell’Utri, inventandosi falsi addebiti a suo carico. Se l’operazione fosse andata in porto, l’effetto sarebbe stato dirompente: sarebbe crollata la credibilità di tutti i testimoni anti-Dell’Utri, sarebbe passata l’ipotesi di un complotto, di un accordo tra “pentiti” ai danni del collaboratore di Berlusconi.

I magistrati di Palermo e gli agenti della Dia scoprono il piano. Gli agenti della Direzione investigativa antimafia filmano addirittura alcuni incontri tra Dell’Utri e Chiofalo, uno dei due falsi pentiti. Questi poi racconta: «Dell’Utri mi disse: “Confermi le accuse di Cirfeta e io farò ricco lei e la sua famiglia, avrà per sempre la riconoscenza mia, del dottor Berlusconi e quella di tutte le persone che ci vogliono bene”».
Per continuare segui il link :'utri.html

Posted by: Anto NY | September 21, 2007 03:54 AM


I'm no specialist, but I really think that the english translation of grillo's posts is poor.

Please dedicate more attention to it.

one more thing

there's no way to act as in the italian section of the blog
no way to have "authentic" comments, no way to rate them or discuss them !!

I wonder if someone, besides me, reads these posts.


if it pleases anyone, i would like to translate in 3 or 4 languages all my comments in this blog, in both sections.

I thank you all for your attention and your replies.

This blog has one strenght: the number of replies so please, do so.

Posted by: Pierre Alessandre Cerro Di Vincenzo | September 21, 2007 02:40 AM

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