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Union leader rejects calls for repeal of IMU property tax

Susanna Camusso says move would kill funds for needed policies

Union leader rejects calls for repeal of IMU property tax

Rome, April 30 - The head of one of Italy's largest labor unions on Tuesday rejected the idea of abolishing the IMU real estate tax on primary residences. Susanna Camusso, head of the CGIL union, said that her movement as well as the other two main national unions, CISL and UIL, were all agreed that "the idea of flat-out abolishing the IMU on primary residences is not good, for it means that resources will be taken away from more important policies". "It is necessary to choose and say that you have to defend people with only one house, not those who have 20 villas and 37 apartments". Abolishing the IMU, an unpopular real-estate tax introduced by the previous technocrat government of Mario Monti and meant to help top-up local authorities' coffers, was one of the main campaign promises of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party in the run-up to last February's inconclusive national elections. Modifying the IMU was one of the preconditions the PdL put for its backing of the recently sworn-in government of Enrico Letta. Earlier Tuesday, Berlusconi reiterated that without moves on the IMU, the PdL would not be able to support the new executive.

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