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    Some 30,000 shipping workers staged a 24-hour strike today (Tuesday), paralysing ports throughout Italy. The?

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    Some 30,000 shipping workers staged a 24-hour strike today (Tuesday), paralysing ports throughout Italy. The workers' unions are protesting at what they term the "negative" outcome of their negotiations with the Merchant Marine Ministry over work contracts, increased pay and improved working conditions.

    Tugboats, cargo ships and passengers liners lay idle as crews and dockers came out in the main ports of Genoa, Trieste and Naples.

    Trouble began yesterday in naples, when crews of two of Italy's biggest luxury crosiers, "Michelangelo" and "Eugenio Costa" went on strike. Further strikes are planned between November 5 and 12, and a meeting of union leaders is fixed for November 13.

    This film, shot in Naples by Visnews, was telerecorded in London off the Eurovision news exchange.

    SYNOPSIS: Ships ranging from small tugboats to big cargo vessels and luxury passenger cruisers lay idle in Italy's three major ports on Tuesday as dockers and crewmen staged a 24-hour national strike. Bewildered passengers mingled with striking workers on the quayside at Naples, where trouble began on Monday when the crews of two of Italy's biggest luxury cruisers walked off their ships. For the next 24-hours nothing moved and the ships lay at their moorings. In Genoa and Trieste, Italy's other major ports, these scenes were repeated.

    Further 24-hour strikes are planned within the next ten days.

    The strikes involve some 30,000 dockers and crewmen, who are protesting at what they call the negative outcome of negotiations between their union and Italy's Merchant Marine Ministry. The two sides have so far failed to reach agreement on renewal of work contracts, improvements in working conditions and increases in pay. The union leaders are due to meet next week to consider their next moves.

    Passengers from the strikebound ships also had to decide their next moves, and some soon made up their minds to travel by land. Taxi drivers did some brisk business: their cabs were almost the only thing that moved.

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