In Italy, one million and a half building workers staged a national eight-hour strike on Tuesday (22 May) in protest against the proposed labour contract.
In Italy, one million and a half building workers staged a national eight-hour strike on Tuesday (22 May) in protest against the proposed labour contract. The industrial action was the latest in a series of strikes concerned with the laws on pay and working conditions and coincided with a wave of violence throughout the country as italy prepares to elect its forty-second government in thirty-five years.
SYNOPSIS: The building workers held protest rallies in Rome and in other towns and cities to show their opposition to the proposed labour legislation. Negotiations between employers, trade unions and the government have been going on for the past few months. Bargaining in the private sector of industry has reached deadlock. And although public sector employers have shown some willingness to accept union demands for shorter hours in return for reduced absenteeism, no final formula has been worked out. A twenty-four hour strike in may by the country's two million public service workers put pressure on the government to reach an agreement with the unions before next month's general election.
Apart from the industrial unrest, the month-long election campaign has also been disrupted by political violence. There have been bomb attacks on the Christian Democrat and Community Party headquarters in Rome and Naples. The death toll of those killed and injured in guerrilla violence continues to mount. No one political party is expected to win a majority in the election. The election on the third and fourth of June was called after Italy's powerful Communist Party withdrew its support for Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti's coalition government.