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    About 10,000 Italian workers marched through the streets of Rome on Tuesday (March 21) as the nation's agricultural worker staged a nationwide 24-hour strike for more pay and longer work contracts.

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    About 10,000 Italian workers marched through the streets of Rome on Tuesday (March 21) as the nation's agricultural worker staged a nationwide 24-hour strike for more pay and longer work contracts.

    Several million other workers in the metal, chemical, textile, food and construction industries went on strike for a token two hours in solidarity with the farm workers.

    The farm workers' main protest is that their two-year work contract is too short and should be replaced by a more permanent arrangement. They are also demanding a 15 per cent increase in daily pay rates, which would give them a guaranteed minimum of 2,800 lire (1.85 sterling).

    The workers are also demanding a bigger say in the administration of agricultural enterprises, most of which are heavily subsidised by the state.

    The strike, which has revived unity of action between the three trade union federations, took place after more than five months of unsuccessful negotiations on the renewal of a national labour contract which expired at the end of last year.

    SYNOPSIS: In Rome, about ten thousand workers staged protest march to spotlight demands by farm workers for more pay and longer work contracts.

    Police were on hand to make sure the demonstration was peaceful. The march was just part of a nationwide strike called by the three main trade union federations. About seven million workers in the metal, chemical, textile, food and construction industries went on strike for a token two hours to support the farm workers's claims Nearly two million farm workers staged a twenty-four hour strike.

    They are demanding a fifteen per cent pay rise and want a more permanent arrangement than the present two-year contracts. They also want more say in the administration of agricultural enterprises
    The strike took place after more than five months of unsuccessful bargaining for a new contract. The last one expired at the end of last year. But the issue also served another purpose -- reviving unity of action between the three trade union federations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEACU1LSF7RJIG23TZXP14MTLT
    Media URN:
    VLVAEACU1LSF7RJIG23TZXP14MTLT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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