The Fp Cgil, Cisl Fp and Uil Fpl public service federations are continuing their actions in protest at the failure of the Aiop and Aris employer organisations to ratify the agreement covering 100000 workers in private healthcare. After lengthy negotiations the agreement - the first for 14 years - was finalised in June but then the employers refused to ratify it. A national demonstration on 5 August was followed on 24 August by protests across the country in front of regional authorities that provide some of the funding for private care and on 31 August there will be demonstrations in front of the offices of the employer organisation. Strike action is likely to follow.
Unions maintain their campaign over private health agreement
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