About 450,000 Italian industrial workers, of whom almost half work for the Fiat car company in Turin, struck for four hours on Wednesday (9 October).
About 450,000 Italian industrial workers, of whom almost half work for the Fiat car company in Turin, struck for four hours on Wednesday (9 October). They held meetings and processions in protest at the Company's decision to put 71,000 workers on short time.
During the strike 13 Fiat workers were injured when their cars were stoned and they were beaten up when they tried to drive through picket lines at the entrance to the firm's main factory. One worker who tried to drive through was pelted with stones and lost control of his car, which hit a post. He was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.
Several other firms in Turin staged short symbolic strikes in support of the Fiat workers and public transport came to a halt for 15 minutes.
The Fiat management blames the economic crisis and a 50 per cent drop in sales for their current troubles. But Signor Luciano Lama, head of Italy's largest union federation -- the Communist-dominated CGIL -- told a protest meeting of about 15,000 workers in Turin on Wednesday that Fiat had imposed the short-time working for political rather than economic motives.