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    An estimated 12 million Italians stopped work yesterday (4 December) in a new nationwide strike to back demands for higher wages, guaranteed employment and increased social security.

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    An estimated 12 million Italians stopped work yesterday (4 December) in a new nationwide strike to back demands for higher wages, guaranteed employment and increased social security.

    It was the second one-day general strike in six weeks. The major trades unions were hoping to pressurize the new government of Prime Minister Aldo Moro into authorising new pay awards.

    The strike caused shutdown periods of between of between two and eight hours in industry, commerce, transport and public services. Mass meetings had been called in three major cities, including Naples.

    SYNOPSIS: Continuing labour troubles on a massive scale in Italy, where an estimated twelve million workers took part in a one-day strike on Wednesday. Public transport was at a virtual standstill in Rome.

    The port of Naples was strikebound, too. The cal for an eight-hour stoppage -- the second din six-weeks -- was made by the major unions to back demands for higher wages, guaranteed employment and increased social security.

    Many shops and businesses just closed down for the day. The unions are hoping their action will pressurize the new government of Prime Minister Aldo Moro into authorising increased pay awards.

    Mass protests by workers had been organised in three major industrial centres -- here in naples, and in Turin and Bologna.

    By the end of the day, Italy's reeling economy had taken another body blow. Industry and commerce had been disrupted, likewise most forms of public transport.

    The strike is the result of the unions organising in a way that might turn Italian politicians green with envy. The three major union confederations embrace nearly every political shading -- one is mainly communist, one Christian Democrat, the other a political mixture -- yet they have got together to coordinate their present campaign of industrial action.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6SIMK5ZM7COFA0SU5R5K2WE50
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SIMK5ZM7COFA0SU5R5K2WE50
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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