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Violent anti austerity demonstrations in Rome

Dissatisfaction and preoccupation for the Italian situation has reached a critical point, especially regarding the housing and employment emergency which young Italians are now facing. According to many, Renzi’s labour reforms will make worse the situation for the workers already without job security. On the 13th of April a demonstration against Renzi’s austerity policies was organized in Rome 

15,000 people protested against the high housing costs and alarming unemployment rate. The demonstration started peacefully but then broke out into violence causing an afternoon of guerrilla in the capital.  After throwing objects, bottles and firecrackers at police armoured vehicles, demonstrators were contrasted by the police. The most serious incidents occurred in Via Veneto, near the Ministry of Welfare, and Via del Tritone.  There were more than twenty wounded, (14 police officers and  7 demonstrators). Two were severe, a protester, whose hand was seriously injured by the explosion of a firecracker, and a police officer was reported to have a leg burn. Six people were taken into custody.

Protesters were demonstrating against plans to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees.

According to Renzi’s job act the duration of temporary contracts is raised from 12 to 36 months, but the workforce employed with this type of contract cannot be more than 20 per cent of the total employed.

The temporary contracts can be renewed up to a maximum of eight times in three years, provided that there are objective reasons and they refer to the same work.

There is also no obligation of a pause between one temporary contract and the other. Also apprenticeship contracts will have fewer constraints. For example, to hire new apprentices it will not be required to confirm the previous apprentices at the end of the training course. The pay check basis of apprentices will be equal to 35 percent of the salary foreseen for that job.

Giulia Lombardo

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