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Massive strike rocks Italy

Issue No. 2251

A hugely successful one-day general strike took place in Italy on Friday of last week, called by Italy’s largest union, the CGIL.

Hundreds of thousands of workers across public and private sectors brought cities to a halt.

Strikes hit the post, civil service, construction, banks, telecommunications and more.

The action was called against Silvio Berlusconi’s government and its austerity drive of cuts, and for rights of young workers and those on temporary contracts.

In Naples, CGIL general secretary Susanna Camusso told strikers that it was time to “turn the page”.

“Jobs should be created, because the current high unemployment rate is hitting us all, especially young people,” she said.

Antonio Di Pietro, a former anti-corruption judge, said, “The crisis is over only in Berlusconi’s home. Not in the homes of four million Italians who can’t get to the end of the month.”

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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