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Italy's CGIL union calls general strike November 14

Joins pan-European protest to austerity measures

Italy's CGIL union calls general strike November 14

Rome, October 29 - The powerful, Italian left-wing union confederation CGIL has declared a four-hour general strike in Italy for November 14, a note from CGIL read on Monday. CGIL is joining a pan-European mobilization launched by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to strike against economic austerity measures which they blame for dragging Europe into recession, boosting unemployment, cutting salaries and blocking growth. Austerity measures "are attacks on the European social model and exacerbate inequality and social injustice," said the ETUC in a written statement. CGIL's Italian strike has the additional scope of "changing the Stability Law", a set of financial restructuring reforms presented by the Italian government. The CGIL general strike was called by the union's secretary general Susanna Camusso.

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