Italy - Unions organise mass protest against austerity policies - February 28, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people came to Rome on 9 February 2019 to participate in a rally organized by trade union federations CGIL, CISL and UIL. Under the banner “A future for work” they protested against austerity policies which, according to the trade union federations, have led to deep inequality, increased poverty, and growth of unemployment, in particular among youth and women. According to the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), the unemployment rate in the country reached a record high of 10.6 % in 2018. This is the third highest unemployment rate in Europe, just after Greece and Spain. Youth unemployment is even more severe with 16.7% of young people without work in 2017.

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