Italian workers will strike

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Thousands of migrant workers in Italy have gone on strike against alleged government mistreatment.

They say they work just as hard as native Italians and pay their taxes, but are not given equal rights and benefits.

Some of them complain that at times they don’t even get paid at all for their work.

Al Jazeera’s Claudio Lavanga reports from Naples.

[March 2, 2010]

From Associated Press:

March 10, 2010, 6:33AM ET

Italian union calls general strike for Friday


Italy‘s main labor confederation has called a four-hour general strike that will include transport workers.

Trains, planes, ferries and local bus, subway and tram service are expected to be affected.

The CGIL labor syndicate is protesting what it says is a too heavy tax burden on workers, given widespread tax evasion in Italy by those who are self-employed.

It also wants more protection for workers who only have temporary contracts. Also irking labor leaders are changes in how the firing of workers can be challenged under Italy’s labor laws.

Top UN human rights official Navi Pillay has slammed the Berlusconi administration for treating Roma people and immigrants as “security problems” rather than looking at ways to include them in society: here.

A general strike and massive demonstrations rocked the Italian capital at the weekend as opposition to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s attempts to stack local elections in his favour deepened: here.

Silvio Berlusconi faces inquiry over bid to block ‘hostile’ TV show: here.

Fengqun Yang arrived in France six years ago, and she came out of hiding four months ago when she joined the undocumented workers’ strike. She is the delegate for the 700 Chinese strikers: here.

Greece Paralyzed by New Strike: here.

USA: Immigration reform activists have stepped up the pressure for the regularisation of 12 million undocumented migrants, pledging to take over the capital’s streets with a mass demonstration calling on US President Barack Obama to “keep your promise”: here.

4 thoughts on “Italian workers will strike

  1. Greek strike to shut down services Thursday

    (AP) – 10 hours ago

    ATHENS, Greece — Greek unions say nationwide strikes will shut down all public services, closing schools, customs and tax offices, halting public transport and grounding flights for 24 hours.

    Greeks have been protesting the Socialist government’s harsh austerity measures, designed to curb the country’s massive debt and pull it out of an unprecedented financial crisis that has hammered the euro. The measures have cut civil servants’ salaries, frozen pensions and increased taxes, including on fuel and general sales tax.

    Workers are to walk off the job from midnight Wednesday night.

    Journalists, teachers, state hospital doctors and air traffic controllers will be among those striking, while officers from the police, fire service and coast guard plan to join protest rallies.

    Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press.


  2. Berlusconi allies pass legislation

    Italy: Silvio Berlusconi’s allies pushed controversial legislation through parliament on Wednesday that shields the Italian premier from prosecution in two ongoing trials.

    The measure allows the premier and cabinet ministers to postpone hearings for six months in any ongoing trial in which they are implicated.

    Mr Berlusconi is a defendant in two trials in Milan – one on corruption charges, one of tax fraud charges.


  3. Arson attack on Roma condemned

    Czech Republic: Prime Minister Jan Fischer condemned on Monday a new arson attack on a Roma family’s home in Ostrava.

    On Sunday an unknown assailant threw a molotov cocktail into a children’s room where a teenage girl was sleeping, although no-one was injured because the bottle of petrol did not smash.

    Last April, arsonists attacked a Romany family house in Vitkov with three molotov cocktails, killing three including a two-year-old girl who suffered burns on 80 per cent of her body.


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