National strike in Italy on safety

16.06.2008

Three Italian metalworker unions to hold one hour strike on June 17 in support of implementing a new law on health and safety at work.

ITALY:  Metalworkers across Italy will go on strike for one hour tomorrow, June 17, in support of a new law on health and safety at work. The action follows a dramatic series of daily deaths at work in Italy, including the previously reported deaths of seven workers at ThyssenKrupp in Turin in December last year.

The unions are striking in reaction to the position of the employers association, Confindustria, which is refusing to acknowledge the responsibility of employers when it comes to fundamental safety rules at work, particularly in relation to subcontractors.

Three IMF affiliates FIM-CISL, FIOM-CGIL and UILM-UIL will hold the national action from 11am to 12 noon, June 17. 

In a joint statement to the press the unions called on the government to take "immediate economic measures supporting health and safety at work" including investing in the National Institute INAIL, which is responsible for investing in prevention and compensation for damages.

"We strike for the implementation of the new law on health and safety at work, as it is, in all its parts and with the maximum of severity," stated the unions.