Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

CGIL blasts Monti 'disaster' on anti-austerity day of action


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Terni, November 14 - CGIL chief Susanna Camusso on
Wednesday blasted the austerity policies pursued by Italian
Premier Mario Monti's government as disastrous on the
continent-wide European Day of Action and Solidarity.
"The Monti government is now a year old and it has been a
year of disasters and of no answers to the world of work," said
Camusso, whose union confederation, Italy's biggest, is leading
anti-austerity protests here.
"It's a year that has removed confidence and hope from the
young people of the country," she added in the Umbrian town of
Terni, where she was taking part in one of some 100
demonstrations being held throughout Italy.
"Don't keep telling us there's light at the end of the
tunnel. The truth is needed".
CGIL called on its members to stage a one-day strike to
protest against Monti's policies on Wednesday.
The spending cuts and tax hikes Monti's emergency
government of unelected technocrats has introduced since taking
power after Silvio Berlusconi resigned as premier last year have
deepened the country's recession.
The left-wing CGIL has also been highly critical of some of
the structural economic reforms the government has introduced,
especially labour-market measures that make it easier for
companies to fire staff.
"Austerity is strangling labour and impoverishing the
country, not shaping the future," said Camusso.
"We are appealing to the government, which is slavishly
following a line of austerity that is creating a very deep
recession and taking away any hope of work".
Camusso also criticised the two other big Italian
trade-union confederations, CISL and UIL, which are more
moderate and did not call strikes on Wednesday.
"You shouldn't run away from the (protests on the)
streets," she said.

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