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Italians strike and protest against Renzi labour reforms
PRIME MINISTER OF ITALY MATTEO RENZI HAS STIRRED up a hornet’s nest with his plan to reform the country’s labour laws. In particular the attempt to repeal article 18 of the Workers’ Statute which guarantees the right for those unjustly sacked to get their jobs back has led to huge demonstrations, a transport  and a nurses’ strike. On October 25th about 1 million people turned out at a protest in Rome and this was echoed in other cities around the country. The action was organised by one of the three big trade union confederations, CGIL, who have been unable so far to agree concertation with the other two, CISL and UIL.Renzi’s Jobs Act aims to persuade business to take on new workers as the Italian economy goes into reverse for the third time since the financial crash of 2008. It restricts temporary contracts, extends unemployment benefit and establishes a minimum wage but safeguards for newly-hired employees will only gradually come into force if they stay on in the job. CGIL General Secretary

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Susanna Camusso berated the government for ‘taking its platform from Confindustria’ the Italian employers’association. She continued ‘Yes there is a need to change the [1970 Workers] Statute, but only in order to expand the rights and protections now reserved to those with permanent full-time contracts to all other forms of labour’. She promised that the union would not shrink from calling a general strike and would seek to involve CISL and UIL ‘We did not wait for CISL and UIL but our strength will truly be when they also take to the streets’ she said.
Nurses and transport workers did not wait either as November 3rd. saw a national strike of the former and the 14th and 15th a rolling withdrawal of labour by the latter. As thousands of nurses demonstrated outside parliament union leader Andrea Bottega insisted ‘For years, we've been working backbreaking shifts while 25,000 qualified young nurses remain jobless. Meanwhile, our salaries are stuck at 2009 levels’.

1 million people gather in Rome to listen to Susanna Camusso

 

 




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