Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Doctors, professors on strike against Italy's spending cuts


(ANSA) - Rome, September 28 - Labor unions staged a strike
in Italy's public-service sector on Friday in opposition to the
government's spending review to save billions of euros by laying
off some 24,000 state employees.
Strikers included civil servants, university employees and
doctors, ruling out all but emergency medical visits.
Labor leaders organized demonstrations across the capital.
"The idea of cutting jobs is the last thing Italy needs,"
said Susanna Camusso, the head of Italy's powerful CGIL union
School employees are planning a similar strike on October
The cuts, which among other things aim to avert a 2%
increase in VAT scheduled for October, include a 10% reduction
of staff and 20% reduction of managers in Italy's large public
administration, as well as trimming benefits.
The International Monetary Fund has called the plan "a step
in the right direction" that will help Italy cut its
1.95-trillion-euro debt load, but added that deeper measures
would be necessary to "reinforce prospects for the medium term".

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