More than 300,000 Italian states employees joined 600,000 textile workers in a 24-hours national strike on Thursday (3 November).
GV: Rome airport with planes sitting on tarmac.
GV INTERIOR: deserted baggage racks and checking-in booths (3 shots)
SV PAN OR: fire engines in station.
GV: demonstrators walking through streets carrying banners and placards (3 shots)
CU: demonstrators banging tins and cans
CU AND GV: demonstrators marching through streets.
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Background: More than 300,000 Italian states employees joined 600,000 textile workers in a 24-hours national strike on Thursday (3 November). The Government staff waled out following a breakdown in pay negotiations. The textile workers went on strike to urge the Government to increase investment in the depressed to textile sector.
SYNOPSIS: Included in the Government employees strike -- customs official and airport firemen. When they stopped work, all flights in and out of Italy came to a halt. Thousands of domestic passengers and tourists were stranded, and the impact of the 24-hour stoppage will stretch over another week, because customs officers will have a massive backlog of freight to inspect. State employees decided to strike when they failed to reach an agreement with the Government on a new employment contract -- they have been without a contract for two years since their last one expired.
Union leaders have warned that more strikes and other disruptive actions are being planned for the next few weeks. The strikers were not content to sit back and watch the effect of their action. They took to the streets with banners and placards to underline their demands. Textile workers struck because they felt Government investment in their sector was insufficient. Thousands of them have been laid off or put on short time, because of the effects of inflation. It was not a quiet demonstration either -- the marching strikers were determined to make their point in a manner unlikely to leave the Government in any doubt about their feelings.
The strikes are coming at a time when the Italian Government is trying to cut down on state spending. Two weeks ago, railwaymen staged a 24-hours stoppage and the Government fears they will strike again soon it their pay demands are not met.