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Italian protests spread

by Pietro Taviani
Issue No. 2129

The huge wave of protests by students, teachers, lecturers and school students continues to send shock waves across Italy. The demonstrations are against the Berlusconi government’s assault on secondary and higher education.

The ongoing protests have impacted into the workplace giving confidence to workers facing assaults on jobs, contracts and conditions.

Last Friday municipal museums and galleries in Rome were shut as staff struck over fears of job cuts when contracts are renewed next month.

Unofficial strikes by pilots and cabin crew led to over 300 Alitalia flights being cancelled. The action was in defence of jobs as the state owned company was sold off to a group of private investors.

Next month will see a general strike called by the main trade union federation.


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International
Tue 25 Nov 2008, 18:29 GMT
Issue No. 2129
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