Italy - Confederation claims a million workers on the streets - March 18, 2010

On 12 March the CGIL union confederation organised a four-hour general strike and a series of demonstrations across the country in protest at the government’s policies on dealing with the crisis, taxation, employment rights and migrants’ rights. The confederation claims that one million workers flooded into the country’s squares. CGIL General Secretary, Guglielmo Epifani said during a demonstration in Padua: “Unemployment rises, especially in more industrialized areas, and the government does nothing. Taxes are paid only by workers and retirees”. He warned for a labour law reform, blaming the government of “bringing down the rights through a kind of arbitration which forces workers to abandon the labour courts.”




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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