Italy unions march against reforms

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Published: Friday 12th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Thousands of Italian union workers staging a general strike are marching through more than 50 towns and cities to protest against government reforms they say erode workers’ rights.

The general strike, shutting down basic services across Italy, is the first by two of Italy’s largest union confederations against a centre-left government which has traditionally courted the unions.

Prime minister Matteo Renzi insists his tougher line is necessary to return the economy to growth and create jobs.

In a sign of internal discord within his own party, some members of the Democratic Party joined the marches.

The general strike created a patchwork of chaos as local transport, schools, ports and other services were shut down on rotating schedules.

Published: Friday 12th December 2014 by The News Editor

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