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14 August 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:23 GMT+2

July 22, 2020

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Confitarma and Assarmatori reiterate their no to the change rules on self-production

Disappointment at Italy's failure to join the agreement facilitating changes in ship crews

The Italian shipping associations Confitarma and Assarmatori urged the government to take action to facilitate the change of ship crews, made extremely difficult by the measures globally to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, and at the same time, they have expressed their opposition to changes to the rules on self-production, i.e. how allowing shipowners to use their own personnel to carry out refurbishment and deriding operations loads at ports.

On Monday, at the teleconference meeting convened by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport issues covered by the strike on 24 July ( 26 Presidents of Confitarma and Assarmatori,Mario Mattioli and Stefano Messina, recalled once again attention to the serious problem of turnover of minister Paola De Micheli for immediate answers Italy's timely accession agreement signed a few days ago by 13 countries facilitating crew changes, demonstrating its disappointment at the failure of our agreement to sign this agreement. Country. On the subject of self-production, Mattioli and Messina reiterated their total opposition to the changes made existing legislation, for reasons of both method and merit.

"To target someone's abuse," explained Mattioli - you can't hit the freedom of initiative an entire business category. It's obvious, In fact, that this measure will lead to an increase in the number of high tariffs applied in Italian ports, with heavy competitiveness of The Italian port, higher costs for shipowners, as well as a higher cost penalty for maritime workers in terms of employment, but also pay. That is why we will defend our reasons in every seat allowed.'

"You can't - Messina pointed out - change with an impromptu amendment, not preceded by any comparison between the various parties involved, the discipline of such a matter Complex. Such a method could only lead to a solution legislation, which in addition to bringing back the market for services ports back 30 years, stands in stark contrast to the national and EU antitrust legislation circumstance that there will lead to a season of litigation that will not benefit certainly to our industry."

With regard to the renewal of the BCC, the presidents recalled that the termination of the renewal negotiations is not was certainly determined by the will of the associations employers as much as by the proclamation of the strike from trade unions, even if there are meetings already Summoned. According to Mattioli and Messina, any future discussion on economic part of the contract renewal will have to take into account of the dramatic impact that the pandemic continues to have shipowners industry, exacerbated by a lack of attention to maritime sector in the measures that have so far been enacted not to mention the unexpected aggravation of shipowner costs determined by the ban on self-production of operations Port.

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