The signing last Friday afternoon of a deal with the government and
employers by the leaders of the two smaller trade union federations in
Italy - the Uil and Cisl - has sparked a new round of angry
demonstrations and spontaneous strikes.
The crisis surrounding Mirafiori car plant and the whole Fiat Empire is
sending shockwaves through Italian society. In America they say, “What’s
good for General Motors is good for the USA”. In Italy the same goes for
As all the first-hand reports make abundantly clear, 16 April 2002 in
Italy was a day like no other. The first 8 hour general strike in the
country for 20 years was solid. The response to the strike call
surpassed all expectations. Just over 8 million workers are members of a
union yet over 13 million people struck work...
The second round of local elections affecting 25% of Italy’s electorate
confirmed a big electoral swing against the Berlusconi forces after a
year of his belligerent right wing government. Even in the North, the
center-left ‘Olive Tree’ has gained the leadership of local councils and