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Italy Paralysed by Strikes


The strikes against the liberalisations decree

A violent wave of strikes is paralysing Italy. Truck drivers, taxi drivers, pharmacists, newsagents, lawyers, notaries, petrol stations, and many others have announced their opposition to the measures of Monti’s government.

In recent days truck drivers have blocked some of the main motorways to protest against increases in fuel, road tolls and Irpef (imposta sul reddito persone fisiche).

After putting Sicily on its knees, blocking of motorways originally perpetuated by the truck drivers have been extended to many roads and highways, particularly in the South. The blockade is also paralysing the supply of basic necessities such as fuel and food , threatening to paralyse even industries. As a consequence, Fiat has already announced that it will have to stop producing at Cassino, Pomigliano, Mirafiori and Sevel Val di Sangro. Food is already unavailable in some of the Italian supermarkets and people threatened by the end of stock of fuel rushed to fill their petrol tanks.

The situation could also get worse, because Figisc and Anisa, the two associations of operators of petrol stations belonging to Confcommercio, have declared a strike against the idea of liberalisation of the sector.

If the truck drivers strike has paralysed roads and motorways, the main Italian cities have had to put up with taxi drivers striking against the liberalisation of licences.

Discomforts were recorded in all major cities, from Bari to Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Turin and Rome, where several incidences have already occurred.

Pharmacists and newsagents have already planned some strikes if the Government confirms the liberalisation in the two sectors. Public notaries also have spoken out against any increase in notary offices and the liberalisation of tariffs.

Also lawyers have decided to boycott the opening ceremonies of the judicial districts which were held in the court of appeal on January the 28th.

There will be a Four-day strike for family doctors and assistants to protest against the Monti’s measures and the negative effects it may have on the category, in particular the pension fund ENPAM.

The par pharmacies are on the contrary are demonstrating in favour of the liberalisation program.

According to Eugenio Scalfari, Editor of “L’Espresso” and co-founder of the newspaper “La repubblica” The law decree on liberalisations constitutes an economic policy that aims at economic growth, productivity, individual initiative and the dismantling of lobbying clientele. On the whole the effects of competitiveness will benefit consumers, families and young people.

On the other hand Uberto Bossi, along with most of the “Lega Nord” is making strong opposition to the decree.

Giulia Lombardo

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