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(ANSA) – Rome, December 11 – Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi on Thursday rescinded a labor injunction against rail workers ahead of a December 12 general strike against the government’s 2015 budget and its Jobs Act labour reform was called by CGIL and UIL labor federations.
Train and railway staff will strike from 9am to 4pm tomorrow, sources said.
Labour union leaders earlier on Thursday had expressed dismay at the government’s decision to stop rail workers taking part in Friday’s general strike and said they would appeal the injunction.
The decision “calls into question the maximum expression of democracy,” said a statement by CGIL and UIL, respectively the largest and third-largest trade union confederation in Italy.
Their middle sibling CISL, with approximately four million members, is not taking part in Friday’s strike.
“We are facing an unmistakable injury to the right to strike enshrined in the Constitution,” said CGIL and UIL leaders Susanna Camusso and Carmelo Barbagallo, describing the injunction by the ministry for transport and infrastructure as a “unilateral act that raises the tone”.
Meanwhile Italians were anticipating disruptions in various sectors Friday during the eight-hour strike called by CGIL and UIL in protest against measures contained in the 2015 budget bill and the government of centre-left Premier Matteo Renzi’s controversial Jobs Act, which they say threatens employment and workers’ rights.
The hours of the strike will vary from sector to sector and – for public transport workers – from city to city with assured time periods to guarantee services for commuters.
Air transport workers – flight personnel, ground staff and air traffic controllers – will walk out from 10am until 6pm local time.
Port and motorway employees will strike at times agreed locally, while ships and ferries will be delayed by eight hours from the established time of departure.
In the health sector and other sectors where services are offered on an eight-hour rotation basis, workers will strike for the duration of their shift, leading to disruptions throughout the day. However, essential services will be guaranteed.
Teachers will abstain from work for the entire school day. Rail workers will not be on strike and the state railway company FS said Thursday that regular services would be running.
In addition to the strike there will be a total of 54 protest marches up and down the country, including major demonstrations in central Rome and Turin.