Teachers, Public Workers Strike In Italy
September 6, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ROME, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Millions of workers belonging to Italy’s largest union went on strike Tuesday to protest a $63 billion austerity package.
The Italian news service ANSA said the strike, which includes teachers, hospital workers and public servants, was expected to halt public transportation and cause disruptions in schools and government services.
Demonstrations were planned for major cities across the country.
The budget package passed in early August has undergone a number of revisions, including the removal of a tax increase for the wealthy and the addition of a measure that makes it easier for workers to be fired, ANSA said.
A banner at a demonstration in central Rome said, “Change the austerity package to give a future to the country — more growth, more employment, more development.”