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    In Italy, textile workers -- most of them women -- arrived in the capital Rome, on Friday (26 May) to demonstrate against redundancies and working conditions in the industry.

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    In Italy, textile workers -- most of them women -- arrived in the capital Rome, on Friday (26 May) to demonstrate against redundancies and working conditions in the industry.

    SYNOPSIS: The rally and demonstration was called to coincide with a nation wide strike by other Italian textile workers. There are almost one and a half million people employed in the textile industry in the country, and they stopped work for 24 hours on Friday (26 May) to protest against increasing layoffs and plant shutdowns.

    The demonstrators, there were about 40,000 of them, arrived in organised parties, many by coach, from all over Italy. The women workers in the in industry are protesting against the widescale use of what they consider is illegal labour, used to produce goods at cheap prices. One of the union leaders, Nella Marcellino, called for a united stand to protect women workers.

    The union also wants more government intervention to defend threatened jobs and want to see more investment in the poorer regions of southern Italy.

    Union leaders, like Luigi Macario, say that managements in the textile industry often employ housewives to work at home. The union claim they are paid at below union wage rates and do not have the protection of social security benefits or medical insurance.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QEXQBK9H745SGELC3ZH2ZNOR
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QEXQBK9H745SGELC3ZH2ZNOR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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