A general strike against Italy’s Giorgia Meloni against the General Budget
The transport strike will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to guarantee the rights of citizens, according to the government, which has provoked the anger of the unions, while the strike will not affect the airline sector either. In the education sector, an eight-hour strike has been called, so many schools and universities will remain closed, but other centers are still open to students.
In health, services considered “essential” are guaranteed, even if many specialists or occupational doctors do not attend consultations.
The reasons for the strike
The tension between the unions and the government is increasing. Union leaders say the government is not doing enough to prevent workers and pensioners from being harmed as prices continue to rise. They accused the government, which took power in October, of relying on its supporters with an eye on the European Parliament elections next June. The Italian government last month approved a budget for next year with measures worth around 24 billion euros in tax cuts and spending increases, despite market concerns about public finance.
“This strike was born to change, in part, the government’s budget project,” said the general secretary of CGIL Valle d’Aosta, Vilma Gaillard, as happened in previous governments.” “The public sector is the most affected by this budget,” criticized the leader.
On the other hand, Ramira Bizzotto, general secretary of Uil Valle d’Aosta, says that “this maneuver continues to separate the worlds: public, private, young people, and danger. It emphasizes those who are not equal in different sectors; it does not allocate resources to contracts. “There is nothing gained from inflation, which is now in double digits and exceeds 20%.”
“We need fiscal policies, but in the manipulation, there is no line between tax evasion and resource recovery. Not at home, while evictions for non-payment increase. We do not have enough services to care for children, and the salary policy is a failure. Not even about the family, which we keep talking about,” he added.
Striking workers are expected to hold a demonstration in central Rome’s Piazza del Popolo to protest against the right-wing government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.