Civil servants and teachers - totalling over three-quarters of a million - went on strike throughout Italy on Tuesday and Wednesday (November 7 and 8) in protest at low wages and poor working conditions.
GV Striking teachers marching through Rome street PAN TO Police watching
GV Police lining strikers' route
GV Strikers with banners
GV TILT DOWN Closed school TO striking teachers outside
SV & CU Strikers and placards (3 shots)
GV & SVs TILT Closed spaghetti factory (2 shots)
GV TILT UP & CU Ministry of Finance (2 shots)
GV Strikers leaving building
GV Police outside building
GV TILT UP Ministry of Forestry & Agriculture building
GV Demonstrators outside Ministry of Province building
GV Crowds outside
GV Ministry of Foreign Affairs building
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Background: Civil servants and teachers - totalling over three-quarters of a million - went on strike throughout Italy on Tuesday and Wednesday (November 7 and 8) in protest at low wages and poor working conditions. They were joined , in one of italy's most strike-bound periods for several years, by spaghetti-factory workers who walked out of factories throughout the country to back demands for work contract reforms. Other strikers paralysed factories and traffic and disrupted hospitals.
SYNOPSIS: Over four-hundred-thousand elementary and high school teachers went on a two-day strike in Italy on Wednesday in protest at low wages and alleged bureaucratic conditions governing employment. In Rome, they marched through the city streets - calling for reforms in school programmes claiming they are unchanged since the pre-World-War-Two Mussolini era. They were also complaining about faulty school buildings, many of which, they claim, are inadequately equipped and not large enough - forcing classes to be held in shifts.
Spaghetti workers, too, were out on strike throughout Italy to back demands for new employment conditions in one of the worst periods of strikes that the country has known in recent years - for over three-hundred-thousand civil servants also walked out in a twenty-four-hour protest for reforms in employment conditions.
And apart from the civil servants, who closed down most of the major ministries, over five million other workers went on strike - paralysing factories and traffic, and disrupting hospitals.