Tens of thousands of Italian metalworkers marched through Rome on Friday (9 February) in a noisy demonstration demanding a new labour contract.
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Background: Tens of thousands of Italian metalworkers marched through Rome on Friday (9 February) in a noisy demonstration demanding a new labour contract. Metalworkers from all over Italy travelled to Rome in dozens of special trains and more than a thousand buses. They were joined by student groups and representatives of left-wing political parties.
Metalworkers' unions were protesting against the failure of employers to agree on a new three-year national labour contract affecting 1,400,000 workers. They have been agitating for the new contract for four months. Unionists said the marches were also a protest against unsatisfactory conditions in factories and the dismissal of "hundreds" of employees.
They marched in columna along four different route to a rally in Piazza Di Sen Ciovanni, Union accused the Italian government of failing to introduce industrial reforms and of sending police to attack students and workers.
SYNOPSIS: Tens of thousands of Italian metalworkers protested in Rome on Friday, supporting demands for a new labour contract. They had travelled to Rome from all over Italy by dozens of special trains and more than a thousand coaches.
They marched along four different routes to converge at a rally in the Piazza Di San Giovanni. The Roma rally, and staggered strikes by metalworkers throughout Italy, brought the country's engineering and steel industries to an almost complete halt. Unionists were joined in the protest by students and representatives of left-wing political parties.
Metalworkers' unions want employers to renew a three-year contract affecting almost one-and-a-half million workers. They have been pressing for the new contract for four months. Unionists partially blame the government for failing to implement industrial reforms.