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Italian newsstands to strike during elections


Rome, February 6 - Italian newsstands will strike
for three days during the Italian parliamentary elections this
month, newspaper and magazine reseller unions announced on
The strike, to last February 24-26, is due to "the deep
crisis in the sector" and the "silence of the government and the
(editors and publishers federation) FIEG," according to a joint
announcement by the SNAG-Confcommercio, the SINAGI affiliate of
the SLC-CGIL and the USIAGI-UGL.
The unions denounced the "prolonged absence of clear rules
- requested forcefully and repeatedly by the union
organizations" the statement went on.
The unions are calling for editorial sector reforms they
say were promised but neglected by "various administrations".
In particular, the unions are upset about the expiration
and lack of renewal of a national agreement regarding the sale
of newspapers, magazines and journals, which the unions said
"creates a series of operational difficulties" and threatens the
"very existence of newsstands".
The unions claim that 30,000 newsstand jobs could disappear
in upcoming months, and that 20,000 jobs and 10,000 newsstands
have already been lost in recent years.
"With this protest, we want to remind everyone how
important newsstands are in guaranteeing our right to
information, enshrined in the constitution," wrote Armando
Abbiati, president of SNAG-Confcommercio.

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