Italy - Clashes in ports over job cuts - May 25, 2011

Port workers have clashed with police in a number of protests following the announcement of sweeping job cuts. The job cuts constitute part of the Berlusconi government's latest round of austerity measures. The state-owned shipbuilder, Fincantieri, is imposing job cuts and changes to terms and conditions that will affect around a third of its employees or 2,500 workers. These include forced early retirement and reduced hours, which the unions claim will result in the closure of the historic shipyards at Sestri and Castellammare. In response, port workers have staged protests at a number of locations, which have resulted in clashes with management and police. The company has so far stated that the offered changes are “take it or leave it”.  Further negotiations with unions are scheduled for 3 June.



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