Nearly 13 million workers went on a series of strikes across Italy today (Wednesday, 27 February) to support trade union demands for a wide range of social and labour reforms.
LV Strikers outside closed store
SV PAN ZOOM Student strikers
LV & CU People wait for taxis outside railway station
SV INTERIOR Empty ticket booths
GV PAN Deserted railway lines and platform
LV PAN People at bus station
SV Army lorries
SV Children with bags walk to lorry
SV People board lorry
SV Child lifted onto lorry
SV Man and women helped onto lorry
GV PAN Colosseum TO demonstrators with banners
TV Demonstrators march down street with trolley
CU Men on tractor with banners
TV PAN Marchers down street
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Background: Nearly 13 million workers went on a series of strikes across Italy today (Wednesday, 27 February) to support trade union demands for a wide range of social and labour reforms.
The strikes -- which in the Rome area were to last 24 hours -- affected industry, transport and education.
They were called by Italy's three main trade union groups to put pressure on the country's four-party coalition Government to introduce the reforms.
In Rome, tens of thousands of workers marched through the streets. Public transport was at a standstill, and traffic became chaotic as people poured into the city by car. Most shops remained open.
Union leaders emphasised that they did not wish to bring the coalition Government down. But they said they had no other way of expressing their dissatisfaction with what they called the Government's "chronic inertia" over labour problems.