Italy: glass unions call for strikes

Italian glass sector unions have planned action including a ban on overtime and flexibility and 16 hours of national strikes per shift, with the first 4 hours scheduled for 9 February 2007. The action…

Italian glass sector unions have planned action including a ban on overtime and flexibility and 16 hours of national strikes per shift, with the first 4 hours scheduled for 9 February 2007. The action has been called by Filcem-Cgil, Femca-Cisl and Uilcem-Uil in demand of the renewal of the sector contract, which expired on 3 July 2006. The unions described proposals received so far from Assovetro, the glass industry employers association, as “unacceptable”. They also said that “delaying tactics” by employers were no longer acceptable six months after the expiry of the contract, and that conflict had become inevitable. The unions are demanding a monthly rise of EUR 95 and comparable terms to other sector contracts for over 30,000 glass workers employed at the 100-plus Assovetro member companies.