Italy - General strike organised on 6 May - May 6, 2011

On 6 May, the CGIL union confederation organised a general strike with a set of 12 key demands, but particularly to protest against a tax reform that is widely seen to unfairly affect salaried workers. The main strike rally of the day was held in Naples, but demonstrations took place in more than 100 towns and cities, including a rally of tens of thousands of people in Milan. CGIL leader Susanna Camusso said the strike was ultimately aimed at “shifting the balance of force with regard to a government which thinks that nothing about the redistribution of incomes in our country needs to be changed” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 April 2010).

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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 at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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