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EFFAT supports Italian affiliates staging a strike against the populist Italian government

09/02/2019
On 9 February our Italian affiliates from FLAI CGIL, UILA UIL and FAI CISL participated in the mass demonstration against the economic and social policies of the Italian Populist Government.
 
More than 300,000 people marched through the streets of Rome. United under the banner "A Future for Work," Italy's largest trade unions brought attention to the country's long stagnating economy and lack of full-time employment opportunities, especially for young people and called the populist governemnt from lega and 5 stars movement to open a serious confrontation while addressing vital issues such as the creation of quality jobs, viable infrustructures and fiscal policies.
 
Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT Secretary General, welcomed the demonstration saying: 'It is a such good sign to see so many people peacefully taking the streets. It is a vital sign for democracy. As Italy was recently declared close to recession, the Italian government is making a huge mistake by not opening up a dialogue without involving trade unions in a dialogue on labour and economic policies. Italian workers'

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.