Italy - Day of general strike - October 31, 2016

On 21 October 2016, a 24-hour general strike has affected public transport, air traffic, and the public sector. Protesters from all over the country packed the streets of Rome to express their anger at labour market reforms, one of the main building blocks of the government’s policy. Up to 1 million people flooded the streets of the capital, the organizers of the rally said. According to the unions, the prime minister's upcoming referendum and proposed constitutional reforms are a huge source of grievance. Renzi eyes changing employee protection rules. In September, the plan won backing from his party. Critics say the amendments would result in companies not hiring enough staff and creating the risks of chronic economic weakness.


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