Firefighters, in Catania a sit-in to claim the rights. “Backbreaking shifts”

Firefighters, in Catania a sit-in to claim the rights. “Backbreaking shifts”
Firefighters, in Catania a sit-in to claim the rights. “Backbreaking shifts”
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After years of reports, battles and official requests, the Catania firefighters still have to deal with grueling shifts. Twenty-four and sometimes even thirty-six consecutive hours of shift that certainly do not help to maintain clarity precisely on the occasions when it would be most needed: rescue. This is one of the strongest complaints that emerged this morning in the context of the sit-in held in the barracks in via Beccaria organized in Catania, as well as in the territories throughout Italy, by Fp Cgil, Fns Cisl and national Confsal firefighters. Title of the assembly, “What future for the firefighters”, a confrontation planned precisely to take stock of the priority issues that affect the workers in the sector, namely: hiring, contract, social security and health. The Catania firefighters also ask for Inail insurance to be recognized.

Hours not respected, staff shortages

“The complaints made so far have not produced any results. The shortage of personnel, both qualified and drivers, is increasingly accentuated. The summer is not over yet, the staff is subjected to grueling shifts that in some cases exceeded thirty-six consecutive hours, a time that contractually should be spread over seven days, provided only in cases of calamity “, explain the workers. The problems are also accentuated “when the territory remains isolated and the change of personnel becomes impossible, but for us from Catania it is an almost imposed choice because it remains the only way to maintain the minimum numbers provided for the service, but not always there we succeed, we are often forced to close the detachments leaving the territory without services. All this puts the rescue at risk; you cannot stay shiny after 36 or 24 continuous hours. The stress caused by the lack of rest increases injuries and illnesses, reducing attendance even more ”.


The article is in Italian

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