Thousands of workers demonstrated in the streets of Milan on Wednesday (28 January) in protest against dismissals served by Leyland-Innocenti, former Italian subsidiary of the British car firm of British Leyland.
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Background: Thousands of workers demonstrated in the streets of Milan on Wednesday (28 January) in protest against dismissals served by Leyland-Innocenti, former Italian subsidiary of the British car firm of British Leyland.
The firm sent out the notices on Wednesday after seven months of negotiations which were surrounded by controversy and bitterness. The firm said in a statement it had no alternative but to dismiss the men because the negotiations over the workers' jobs had failed.
The demonstrators stormed through the streets of Milan, and labour union leaders warned that further demonstrations would take place. More than three thousand of the workers angrily occupied Lambrate Station near the city, paralysing about two thirds of rail traffic in and out of Milan.
The caretaker Italian Government and trade unions are searching for a way to save the jobs of the 4,500 workers -- and the plant -- following British Leyland's decision to put it into liquidation.
Leyland-Innocenti became the first major victim of italy's industrial crisis in November when British Leyland announced the liquidation. The Innocenti plant has been occupied by workers since the firm went into liquidation.