Category Archives: Labour

[en] Granarolo workers demanding reinstatements are attacked by the police [video]

Around 100 workers at the Granarolo warehouse in Bologna have been protesting for eight months, demanding better working conditions, better wages, the repeal of Bossi-Fini law and the reinstatement of 51 colleagues who were fired in reprisal for their involvement in … Continue reading

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[en] Trade unionist savagely beaten in Milan

On Tuesday 14th January, in northern Milan, trade unionist Fabio Zerbini was brutally beaten by two men suspected to be connected with Italian organised crime. Fabio Zerbini is a co-ordinator for the SI Cobas, a base union that is active … Continue reading

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[en] Unions sign up to the repression of trade union rights

It should have been just the implementation decree for the 31 May agreement but it has turned into a new agreement, with an even harsher level of repression against workers’ struggles. The agreement regulates relations between Confindustria (the major employers’ … Continue reading

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[fr] Le mouvement des “Forconi”: extrême droite ou révolte spontanée?

Depuis le 9 Décembre, des manifestations se sont produites dans des dizaines de villes italiennes pour dire “assez” au gouvernement Letta, pour demander que “tous les élus s’en aillent” et contre l’augmentation des impôts. L’appel à manifester a été lancé … Continue reading

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[en] Logistics workers’ struggle described “as worrying as mafia-related events”

Giovanni Monti, president of Legacoop Emilia-Romagna, was reported by the Bologna edition of La Repubblica as saying that “these manipulative kind of events which are on the increase among political extremists, as we’ve seen in Bologna, and which target cooperatives … Continue reading

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[en] Look! Coverage of October 19th you may not have seen

  Many newspapers reported the huge demonstration in Rome on October 19th. The number of demonstrators was itself news. Between 70,000 and 100,000 people showing up for a “far left” movement is a lot, beyond even the organizers’ expectations. What was … Continue reading

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[en] Wave of housing occupations in Bologna

Over the last month Bologna has been shaken by a wave of housing occupations. These occupations should be seen in the context of the nationwide weeks of action which culminated in 19 October’s national demonstration in Rome. The occupiers justify … Continue reading

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[en] Bullying and blackmail by ILVA’s owners: 1500 fired after new requisition

Public prosecutor Patrizia Todisco has spoken: the Riva group, owner of the ILVA plant in Taranto – the biggest steel plant in Europe – has failed to invest in safety and renovation measures since 1995. This failure, to the tune … Continue reading

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[en] Midnight flits. Chronicling summer activity in Milan, Modena and Forlì

Until this year, late summer newspapers were always filled with articles about burglaries. “Family returns from holiday and finds home emptied by thieves” was a typical headline. This year, though, it has been factories emptied, and those sneaking in during … Continue reading

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[en] Layoffs at Indesit

In 2012, Indesit employed 4,568 workers in Italy but October 2012 saw an attempt to lay off 500 workers and move some production to Poland. The company’s 2013 “safeguard & rationalize” restructuring plan has the same direction of travel: 1,425 … Continue reading

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