About three thousand striking building workers and student supporters gathered at the Colosseum in Rome on Tuesday (10 October) to protest about the lack of new work contracts and to demand higher wages for building workers in all Italy.
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Background: About three thousand striking building workers and student supporters gathered at the Colosseum in Rome on Tuesday (10 October) to protest about the lack of new work contracts and to demand higher wages for building workers in all Italy.
Riot police stood by during the demonstration, which passed off peacefully.
The building workers' strike was one of a series throughout Italy on Tuesday, invoicing hundreds of thousands of workers. A general strike was held in Florence to support unions negotiating for the renewal of national labour contracts. Many of Italy's 300,000 chemical workers were also on strike; and ground staff caused chaos at Rome Airport when they walked off the job for three hours.
SYNOPSIS: In Rome, three thousand building workers and several hundred student supporters held a demonstration on Tuesday near the Colosseum.
They were protesting at the lack of new work contracts in the Italian construction industry, and calling for more pay to meet the rising cost of living.
Riot police stood by during the demonstration. There were no incidents.
The Rome strike was the first of three regional strikes, planned by building unions, to add force to their arguments for higher pay in the labour contracts now being negotiated with employers.
It coincided with a general strike for similar reasons in Florence, a strike by chemical workers, and a three-hour stoppage by ground staff which disrupted Rome Airport.