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CGIL tells Bersani to focus on real economy

Union wants IMU tax lifted from less wealthy households

CGIL tells Bersani to focus on real economy

(see related stories) Rome, March 25 - Trade union leaders on Monday called on centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to focus on the real economy if he manages to form a government. Bersani met trade unionists and business representatives as part of talks after Italian President Giorgio Napolitano gave him a mandate to try to form a government in his role as the leader of the coalition that came first in last month's inconclusive general election. "It's necessary to stop the crisis the economy is going through and the country's decline," said Susanna Camusso, the head of Italy's biggest trade-union confederation, the left-wing CGIL. "So the emphasis should be put on providing answers for the world of work. "A government of change is needed that starts to deal with the real economy and people's situations," she added after meeting Bersani. Outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat administration eased concern on the international money markets about Italy's ability to weather the eurozone crisis but his austerity measures deepened the country's recession and pushed unemployment up to record highs over 11%. Camusso said she had requested that the unpopular IMU property tax introduced by Monti be lifted for less wealthy households - those that currently pay 1,000 euros or less in IMU a year.

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