Italian cinema threatens strike if tax credit reduced

Film industry workers say they are united in demanding support

Italian cinema threatens strike if tax credit reduced

Rome, July 3 - Italian film makers say that a government plan to cut by half certain tax credits that encourage national cinema is wrong-headed and destructive. And if needed, film industry workers will go on strike to press their cause and protect the 2,500 jobs at stake, members said Wednesday. "They must understand that our response will be tough," warned director Giovanni Veronesi following an industry meeting Wednesday morning. The industry is concerned over a government plan to cut a tax credit to as little as 45 million euro from the present 90 million euro, effective in 2014. "All the cinema (players) are united in this," opposition effort, said Riccardo Tozzi, president Anica, the association representing the cinema and audiovisual industry in Italy. "We are again in the situation of struggling against cuts, and this time it is particularly stunning," as some government members have promised there would be no further cuts to culture, he added.

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