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Top Italian union says austerity 'strangles' world of work

CGIL leads protests in Italy on European Day of Action

Top Italian union says austerity 'strangles' world of work

(see related stories) Terni, November 14 - CGIL chief Susanna Camusso said Wednesday that excessive financial rigour was strangling the world of work as her left-wing trade union led Italian anti-austerity protests on the continent-wide European Day of Action and Solidarity. "Austerity is strangling labour and impoverishing the country, not shaping the future," said Camusso, who is at the helm of Italy biggest trade-union confederation. "We are appealing to the government, which is slavishly following a line of austerity that is creating a very deep recession and taking away any hope of work," she added in the Umbrian town of Terni, where she was taking part in one of 100 demonstrations being held throughout Italy. CGIL called on its members to stage a one-day strike to protest at cuts and tax hikes passed by Premier Mario Monti's emergency government of unelected technocrats. Camusso also blasted the two other big Italian trade-union confederations, CISL and UIL, which are more moderate and did not call strikes on Wednesday. "You shouldn't run away from the (protests on the) streets," she said.

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