Italy

Trade union leader released after three days of protests across Italy

Aldo Milani, SI Cobas national coordinator.

The national coordinator of the Si Cobas trade union was released on bail yesterday after his lawyer stated that the accusations against him are beginning to collapse.

Italian base union organiser arrested: strike across Italy!

Aldo Milani.

Following the arrest of Aldo Milani, national coordinator for base union SiCobas, by police in Modena, strikes have started in the logistics warehouses of Emilia Romagna and Milan, awaiting the spreading of the mobilisation to other regions.

1920: Turin General Strike

The General Strike of 1920 in the city of Turin lead to workers occupying and running the factories themselves as part of an attempt to build a socialist society.

USI speaks out on the recent developments with the IWA

Towards a gay communism - Mario Mieli

The last chapter of Mario Mieli's book Homosexuality & Liberation published in Italian in the 1970s, which summarises many of the Marxism and psychoanalysis-influenced ideas of the Italian gay liberation movement.

Foodora strikes in Italy: the dark side of the sharing economy

Couriers for the Foodora food delivery app have been taking strike action, raising more questions about the 'gig economy' and how workers in it can organise.

21st October: a day of general strike

On 21 October, over 1.3 million workers took part in a general strike called by a number of base trade unions (USB, S.I. Cobas, Unicobas, Adl Cobas, Cub Lazio) and joined by many organisations and local groups throughout Italy.

Secrets and bombs: The Piazza Fontana bombing and the Strategy of Tension

The Italicus Express bombing by fascists, 1974

Extremely informative set of writings on the Italian secret state counter-subversion program during the mass struggles of the 1960s and 70s.

Matteo Renzi’s gamble with democracy: the Italian constitutional referendum

Matteo Renzi.

On December 4th 2016 the Italian people will be called upon to vote in a referendum on the constitutional reform put forward by Matteo Renzi’s conservative and pro-austerity government. The topic is dominating Italian political life, because of the major impact the reform would have on the political and institutional life of the Italian Republic if approved, and because of the political turmoil that would follow if rejected.

Jacopo Fo’s speech at his father Dario’s funeral

Jacopo Fo.

Dario Fo, actor, Nobel prizewinner, communist and political activist died in Milan on October 13th. He was 90 years of age. His son, Jacopo, gave an emotional speech at his father's funeral.