Italy - Publice service unions follow different tracks - March 22, 2011

The FP-CGIL public service federation has called a public sector-wide strike for 25 March calling for renegotiation of collective agreements and measures to tackle precarious employment. This is in response to the government’s decision to freeze agreements for three years. The FP-CISL and UIL federations are not taking part in the strike as they have signed an agreement with the government which they argue protects pay and conditions. Earlier in March, on Friday 11, a nationwide walkout of public servants brought large parts of the countries to a standstill. The strike included workers in mass transit, airports, utilities, universities, local and provincial governments, social services, tax offices, clinics, ferries and even in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's office, it was reported. Only schools were exempt.

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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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