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The Genoa bridge collapse is also the result of privatization and austerity

Writing in Jacobin, David Broder exposes the long history of corporate and political corruption, austerity mania and cover-ups that have eroded Italy’s privately-managed public infrastructure. “The bulk of Italy’s road infrastructure dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, including the Ponte Morandi. Since 1999, when it was sold off by Massimo d’Alema’s center-left government, the motorway network has been under the control of private interests. This was an act of asset stripping, as well as a reflection of the cult of ‘public-private partnerships’ so dear to Tony Blair–era European social democracy. As Five Star (M5S) leader Luigi di Maio himself pointed out after Tuesday’s disaster, the deal resulted in Italy having among the highest road tolls in Europe, managed by cost-cutting firms who pay low taxes in Luxembourg.”

Source: jacobinmag.com

The collapse of a bridge section in Genoa has raised questions about road privatization

The collapse of a bridge section in Genoa, which resulted in the deaths of at least 43 people, has raised questions about inadequate infrastructure investment in Italy and its deteriorating roads and bridges—and about road privatization, ‘public-private partnerships’ and long-term concessions. Elisa Moretti, an activist for Potere al Popolo (Power to the People), writes “the Genoa bridge collapse is Italy’s Grenfell—and the government is too busy scapegoating migrants to get to the bottom of why it happened. (…) However, it is hard to see how failings will be prevented in the future unless the logic of privatization is challenged. Italy has a history of poor infrastructure, bad urban planning and weak regulation, but privatization means that when disasters such as the collapse of Morandi Bridge happen, blame can simply be laid with the contractor and the problem of broader reform avoided.”

Source: The Independent

Labor, civil service and retiree leaders call for a mobilization

Labor, civil service and retiree leaders call for a mobilization “of the entire Polesine from September and throughout the fall to focus attention on the problems of the social and health sector, with particular emphasis on the abandonment of Rovigo hospital as a hub for the region, with consequent risk of creating deficiencies for some high specializations. And attention to the growing push towards privatization, which could also involve general practitioners, as well as investment in the health professions and reform of the IPAB, public institutions of assistance and charity.” CGIL Secretary Fulvio Dal Zio, Secretary General FP CGIL Rovigo David Benazzo, Daniela Argenton, Secretary General SPI CGIL Rovigo, and others, have proposed opening “a phase of joint operations.”

Source: ilgazzettino.it

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