Italy - Italcementi workers prepare national strike - April 30, 2016

Trade unions Feneal Uil, Filca Cisl and Cgil Fillea representing Italcementi cement workers have announced a strike in response to an industrial plan, which may result in 415 dismissals this year and further 250 redundancies in 2017. The unions met in Rome and committed to go on strike after multinational HeidelbergCement, which took a major stake acquisition at Italcementi in July 2015 and released a restructuring plan, failed to address affected workers’ concerns. After meeting the government, the unions said in a statement that they ‘challenged the business plan presented by HeidelbergCement in the press that stipulates the reduction of 415 employees of Bergamo, with 250 additional redundancies (at production sites) which could take place in September 2017’.  The unions prepared a counter-proposal, aiming to significantly decrease the number of redundancies.

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