Italian Dock Workers Protest as COVID Green Pass Becomes Mandatory

Demonstrations broke out across Italy on Friday, October 15, as the mandatory requirement for all workers to show a certificate proving their COVID-19 status came into effect.

Known as a green pass, the document must prove either vaccination, recent recovery, or a negative test result, with those failing to do so facing the possibility of suspension from work without pay, and a fine of up to €1,500 ($1,741).

As many as five million adults are estimated to be unvaccinated in the country, according to local news.

The BBC reported 2,000 workers gathered at the entrance to the port in Trieste on Friday morning. Pino Cabras, a representative of Italy’s Five Star Movement, streamed this footage live to Facebook from the demonstration. Credit: Pino Cabras via Storyful

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