• Short Summary

    Four million Italian workers went on strike on Wednesday (26 February) to press for their demands for improved pay scales and fringe benefits to match the country's spiralling cost of living.

  • Description

    Four million Italian workers went on strike on Wednesday (26 February) to press for their demands for improved pay scales and fringe benefits to match the country's spiralling cost of living. Italy had the highest rate of inflation in Europe last year, running at 25 percent.

    Trains did not run, schools were closed and government offices were deserted as the state-employed workers stayed at home. Workers in different industries coincided their industrial action to give the appearance of a general strike. The railwaymen, for example, halted the trains for 24 hours beginning on Tuesday (25 February) night and industrial and construction workers were striking for periods ranging from four to eight hours.

    Rome's bus drivers were due to begin a 48-hour strike on Thursday 927 February) morning and journalists in the capital said they too would financial newspaper 'II Globo'. No Italian newspaper will be published on Friday.

    This is the third major strike in the country in two months: on 23 January the country was paralysed by a four-hour general strike -- just as it had been on 4 December.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3H5DLVEVM2XO1MKKW4GRERUEC
    Media URN:
    VLVA3H5DLVEVM2XO1MKKW4GRERUEC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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