Equal opportunities, a stimulus for economy

  • Italiano

“Civil rights, social rights and gender bargaining” are not only the slogan of the National Conference of the CISL, which has just ended, but the confirmation of the commitment of our union on all matters, now more and more crucial for democratic, civil, and economic progress not only of our country but of the world, pertaining to equal opportunities between men and women, between the two halves of the sky. This is in line also with the strategic action of the European Union, ETUC, which approved the resolution presented by the Women’s Committee during the last executive committee unanimously.

A document that, considering the results achieved so far, proposes, among other measures, to strengthen the implementation of gender policies in Ces policies, promoting the economic independence of men and women, fighting for the elimination of wage and pension disparities, facing the challenge of balancing work and private life, overcoming the representation gap, contrasting harassment and violence in the workplace and employment disparities. If a company does not express and not leverages its full potential, it means that every project of socio – economic development is bound to fail or achieve only a partial success. Cisl wants to continue its inclusion, participation, and full citizenship policies, also through the promotion of a new culture, in which differences between sexes are recognized as an added value and not as discriminating factors. This path is certainly not an easy one, made of long and complex paths but also tangible results.

It is not true that our country is lagging behind on all fronts, as have told also the personalities at the round table of the conference “Europe, for a future of social welfare and differences enhancement”. Italy over the past five years has made many steps forward in equal opportunities, especially with regard to the issue of representation. But first of all, the object of attention of Europe are the rules concerning the introduction of quotas based on gender diversity in the boards of public and private companies and in the electoral lists for local and parliamentary elections, which have already produced good results, as in the last round of municipal election, both in terms of participation and assumption of senior management responsibilities by many women and young people.

If this approach becomes a structural one, a new modus operandi in the labor market, it might lead to big changes, the much sought after flexibility you can be the breeding ground for the full achievement of the “organization welfare” inside the companies, where male and female workers – the people – will become the focal point of production and production, in its turn, the core of the interests of men and women workers. A strong impulse also to reconciling life and work, the realization of the desire for motherhood, and for keeping one’s work place and the continuation of professional and career growth of women against the persistent horizontal and vertical segmentation that still relegates them to less qualified employment positions.

That is why – said the organizational secretary Joan Ventura – Cisl “intends to promote even more the kind of territorial and enterprise gender bargaining” and give “more room to the trade unionists and syndicalist women”. We have to look towards the future by creating a country where women do not have to choose between children and work”- said the Secretary General Anna Maria Furlan -“. Today women want to contribute to the future welfare of the country through a contract that respects these issues and answer with services appropriate to the needs of all women.” Meanwhile, in view of the next Congress, given that over 50% of CISL women are below 50 years of age, that is to say, ideal to be involved in positions of responsibility on various levels, the CISL has already given new rules to enhance the value of the number of women in senior positions of the organization. The Women National Coordination will work together with the CISL to achieve these goals.

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