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Even workers in the system can fall through gaps. Lucia Vitale worked at the Naples airport for about half a year, serving hundreds of thousands of tourists who arrived from March onwards. For the other half year, he and seasonal workers like him can claim unemployment benefits. But the benefits are now gone. And they couldn’t get help from the government because, Ms. Vitale said, “we are not in the right category.”

The government has given a one-time payment of 600 euros, around $ 650, to entrepreneurs and seasonal workers in the tourism sector. But Ms. Vitale technically works in the transportation sector, so he cannot ask for support. For now, he also survives with help from volunteer organizations.

The situation for many people is grim. “Everyone here is having problems now,” said Mr. Gallinari, flower seller. “There are many people who are starving. You can see that their behavior starts to change. “Report from social unrest throughout the region – shopkeepers who were forced to give food, even some theft – had disrupted the normally close community. “One night I caught some kids trying to get into my garage,” said Mr. Gallinari. “This is new to us.”

Even so, incidents like that rarely occur. More striking – and representing environmental life in Naples – has become a wave of community initiatives, to fill the vacuum of state support that does not exist. Some have created joint aid pathways so volunteers can provide food and assistance. And certain shops have begun to encourage customers to cover shopping bills for someone who cannot afford, in the Neapolitan tradition “caffè sospeso, “Or suspended coffee.

Vulnerable workers in Naples, and the south more generally, need more help. 400 million euros, close to $ 432 million, the government has set aside for insufficient food stamps. Now there is talk that the next government budget might include “emergency income,” which includes those who have so far been ignored.

But the budget is not due until the end of this month. For workers who are locked out of state support, dependent on community assistance and increasingly desperate, that is not fast enough.

And for insecure workers around the world, the siren sounds.

Bethan Jones and Fabio Montale are translators in Naples, Italy.

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