StrugglesInItaly's blog

All-out strike and clashes at Ikea plant

Four workers have been hospitalized after riots took place in front of the gates of the Ikea plant in Piacenza this morning (November 2).

L'Aquila's earthquake trial: scientists as politicians' puppets

Current news headlines in Italy concern the 6-year prison sentence given to seven scientists and officials found guilty of manslaughter.

Happy birthday! SII turns one today

It all began with a discussion, which then turned into a manifesto, before becoming a website.

Only two in ten young women are employed in southern Italy

Unemployed protest in Naples, 2010.

Istat (the Italian Institute of Statistics) has published its Italian labour force survey for the second quarter of 2012. The youth unemployment rate currently sits at around 33%. However, the most remarkable statistic concerns young women in Southern Italy.

School students mobilise across Italy

On October 5th, school students took to the streets in dozens of cities across Italy in protests which saw burning of electoral cards, police baton charges and many arrests.

Transport workers in 24-hour strike

On October 2, urban transportation was blocked for nearly 24 hours in every Italian city.

'No Big Boats' protest in Venice

On Sunday September 17 around 500 demonstrators gathered by foot and by boat at the San Marco basin, to protest against the transit of the big cruise boats close to the fragile Venice.

Women are Denied the Right to Abortion in Jesi, Ancona

Women are de facto denied the right to abortion in the hospital of Jesi (a small town near Ancona), where all the gynecologists are objectors. Local of CGIL Union denounced this episode as a violation of a right guaranteed by Italian Law 194/1978, itself the result of a decade of feminist struggles.

Occupy Cinecittà

Workers of the Italian film industry protest as the famous studios of Cinecittà in Rome face closure after a disastrous privatization. President Luigi Abete plans to transform the studios in a theme park; the workers, instead, occupied the site and transformed it into a space of resistance. They are protesting against its mismanagement, while also denouncing the lack of proper support to Italian cinema and its workforce.

An ordinary day in the Italian crisis: workers’ protests in Rome, Sardinia and Naples

As unemployment rate continues to increase and social discontent mounts, unpaid layoff workers of different sectors protest in Rome, in Sardinia and in Naples on September 10.

Workers struggles in Sulcis province: Alcoa and Carbosulcis

Miners of Carbosulcis have occupied their coal mines from August 26th to September 3rd, and they continue their struggles after ending the occupation. What is, really, at stake in their protests?

Workers occupy coal mine in Sardinia

Workers occupy coolmine in Sulcis, one of the poorest regions of Sardinia, to protest poverty and demand state aid in order to restart production. The occupation has been ongoing since August 26 and its pool of supporter is growing stronger.

Update about Castelnuovo Scrivia migrant workers’ struggle

Two months into their struggle, the migrant workers at Castelnuovo Scrivia, near Alessandria, have started up new strikes on August 1. They are protesting exploitative working conditions in the farming sector. Their struggle has gained support from several associations, labor unions, and political parties.

Workers protests against the Spending Review Decree

Sweeping public sector cutbacks in Italy are met with opposition from public employees, workers' unions, mayors, and the national association of pharmacists. The bill was nevertheless approved by the Chamber of Deputies and will now have to pass in the Senate.

Strike in Ilva plants all over Italy

Taranto workers keep striking, after judicial order stops production in the ILVA steelworks for environmental damages. As workers are asked to choose between keeping their job and protecting their health, tensions rise among the various unions involved in the struggle.

Bologna remembers the victims of 1980 fascist massacre

Citizens, political organizations, and various institutional representatives marched through the streets of Bologna to remember the massacre that struck the city on August 2nd, 1980.

Court orders closure of ILVA steelworks for environmental damage

Environmental issues and labour rights are at odds in the court-ordered closure of ILVA steelworks, in Taranto. Workers paralyze the city in an all-out strike in Taranto. Genoese ILVA workers also joined their strike.

Italian war industry in recession times

Italian firm Alenia Aermarchi agrees to produce war planes for the Israeli Army. Other producers refuse to engage in military production, economic crisis notwithstanding.

Economic crisis hits Berlusconi’s television empire

Berlusconi's media conglomerate Mediaset is heavily struck by economic crisis. Workers react by a 4-hour strike against proposed outsourcing.

Greening Mafia: the hands over wind power

On July 13, 2012, windpower plant in Isola Capo Rizzuto (near Crotone, in Calabria) is forcedly closed due to criminal infiltration.