Widespread support for general strike

Italian unions were pleased at the response to their general strike call on 25 November. The strike was in protest at government plans for the 2006 budget which include no provision for pay increase for public service workers and involve cuts to as many as 100,000 jobs currently done by workers on fixed-term contracts. The unions are also angry that despite having finally concluded negotiations over the pay increase for 2004-2005 the government has not agreed to fund the increases. [Read more at > BBC->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4468732.stm]

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