Workers in factories, public transport and offices went on strike in Rome on Friday (July 12) to protest over the Italian Government's higher taxation plan.
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Background: Workers in factories, public transport and offices went on strike in Rome on Friday (July 12) to protest over the Italian Government's higher taxation plan.
The strike affected the Rome area and follows similar action in other areas of Italy, which are directed against the coalition Government's policies. The country's major union confederations plan to meet at the start of next week to discuss, among other things, the possibility of a general strike.
Italy's powerful Communist Party is also opposing the Government's austerity package, which includes a plan to take three-million-million lire (about 850 million dollars) out of the economy next year through higher taxation.
The new measures mean an increase in prices. Petrol and meet are the two first commodities affected. Rome's strikers showed their opposition with a demonstration in the city.
SYNOPSIS: Rome ground to a virtual standstill for four hours on Friday when the city's workers followed the earlier lead set by those outside the capital. Industrial unrest in Italy has come as a result of the Government's higher taxation plan.
The strike affected the Rome area. It was called by the country's major unions. Representatives will meet early next week, and it is possible they will call a general strike throughout the country.
The industrial troubles follow the Government's recent austerity package which will take some three-million-million lire out of he economy next year through taxation.