8 thoughts on “Monti’s austerity in Italy

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  2. Italian local public transport workers strike nationwide

    On July 20, local public transport workers struck nationwide in Italy on Friday in protest over changes to contract conditions. The strike was four hours long, held at different times in the day from city to city, hitting bus, tram and metro services.

    The ANSA web site reported, “In Rome the metro A line closed at 08.30 and services were reduced on the metro B line. There were also disruptions to buses, trams and local overland railway services.”


    Italian trade unions threaten general strike

    On Thursday Italy’s largest trade union federation CGIL and third-biggest union UIL threatened to hold a general strike in September. The announcement was made in response to the government of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti plans to enforce 26-billion-euro package of spending cuts and privatisations.

    CGIL Secretary-General Rossana Dettori said, “We have started the procedures and on August 1 we will announce the exact date for the September strike.”


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  5. Italy’s unions urge MPs to end political deadlock

    Sunday 14 April 2013

    Trade unions in Italy pleaded at the weekend for a swift end to political deadlock.

    General union CGIL general secretary Susanna Camusso warned that the country is being swept by “a perfect storm” in the worst recession in the post-war period.

    The February general election was narrowly won by the centre-left but no party has been able to form a government, with the balance of power held by the anti-party group of TV entertainer Beppe Grillo.

    With unemployment at near record highs, Ms Camusso has called for up to €1billion (£850m) to be set aside by the government to pay redundancies and avert social disaster.

    Ms Camusso blames the crisis on austerity imposed by outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti.

    “If we do not put on the brakes on austerity, the decline will continue,” she said.

    More than a million people lost their jobs last year. Unemployment stands at 11.6 per cent and the youth jobless rate has reached 37.8 per cent.


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