CGIL

Black Friday strikes at Amazon warehouses in Italy and Germany

The CGIL, Italy's biggest trade union confederation, Cisl, Uil and Ugl have called for a strike on Friday at Amazon’s main distribution hub, following a failure to negotiate bonuses with the company.

Political turmoil inside CGIL

Susanna Camusso, General Secretary of CGIL.

The CGIL is Italy’s largest confederation of trade unions (secretary: Susanna Camusso) and includes as a member FIOM, the metalworkers’ federation (general secretary: Maurizio Landini; former president: Giorgio Cremaschi). Tension has been growing between CGIL and FIOM for some time and although there have been reassurances that all is well, it is obvious that all is far from harmonious.

Italian unions sign up to the repression of trade union rights

It should have been just the implementation decree for the 31 May agreement but it has turned into a new agreement, with an even harsher level of repression against workers’ struggles.

Left wing extremists harass CCU strike leaders

Intensifichiamo La Lotta

A 1976 diplomatic telegram sent abroad by the Italian government informing of dangerous workerist intervention challenging the limits of an ineffective 4 hour token strike in Italian industry.

Confederated unions and industrialists sign anti-strike agreement

On June 1st, Italian industrialists and union confederations reached an agreement limiting the right to strike and rewriting the rules of union representation, ignoring protests from base unions and from left-leaning members of metalworkers union FIOM.

May Day protests against union confederations

The celebrations of May Day have emphasized the rift between the union confederations and the base unions, with protests, scuffles and clashes happening in major cities like Bologna, Naples and Turin.

Hospital workers fight police in Milan

Healthcare workers at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan protest after receiving the first 40 letters of redundancy. After a general assembly, the struggling workers occupied the hospital reception and the roof of the building, prompting the heavy-handed response by police.

March of discontent: lessons in work struggles (Italy)

Reflections on the escalation of workers' struggles in Italy in the wake of the large logistics workers' strike of March 22.

Lionesses of Cisanello: workers’ victory in times of austerity

Cleaners at the Cisanello hospital in Pisa picketed their workplace for over three months, from October 2012 to January 2013. They were protesting the proposed cancellation of 78 jobs to comply with the cutbacks to healthcare spending. Their determination earned them the nickname of "lionesses," several tensions with local high ranking members of their union, and, eventually, victory against the contracting firm. Their resistance and solidarity shows that workers can still win in times of austerity.

Permanent general workers’ assembly in Ilva after the lockout of their plant

The Italian judiciary system is continuing its prosecution of the management of Ilva, the largest steel corporation in Europe, which has its main factory in Taranto. On Monday November 26th the judges ordered seven arrests (4 of which were house arrests) of key managers within the corporation.