Italian Unions to Strike Against Monti Spending Cuts

Italian Unions to Strike Against Monti Spending Cuts

ROME (Reuters) – Two of Italy’s biggest unions have called a strike by public sector workers on Friday to protest against spending cuts enacted by Prime Minister Mario Monti in his attempts to pull the country out of crisis.

The strike followed clashes between anti-austerity protesters and police in Madrid and Athens this week and coincided with labor unrest at the ILVA steel plant in southern Italy.

“We are here to protest against Monti’s politics, because up until now he has just made the weakest pay,” said Pio Zappaterreno as he rallied with fellow members of CGIL, Italy’s largest union, in the city center.

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