We fully support your industrial action in the face of great uncertainty concerning the future of the metal industry in Italy

Members of three of industriAll Europe’s affiliates in Italy – FIM CISL, FIOM-CGIL and UILM – are taking coordinated action to call on the government and the private sector to:

  • Invest to create jobs in environmentally sustainable industry
  • Increase wages through collective bargaining
  • End precarious work by extending rights to subcontractors and increasing workers’ participation
  • Use productivity gains from new technology to create new jobs, raise wages and reduce working time
  • Reduce taxes on workers and fight tax evasion
  • Pay fair pensions and extend the social welfare net 
  • Invest in workplace health standards and guaranteed safety training

industriAll Europe General Secretary Luc Triangle sent a joint letter of solidarity to the metal workers along with industriALL Global General Secretary Valter Sanches. It says: 

“We are writing this letter to you on behalf of IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union, both representing millions of workers in mining, energy and manufacturing industries in Europe and worldwide, to express our full support and solidarity with your general strike on 14 June in Milan, Florence, and Naples, calling for a sustainable future for the industry, wage increases, respect of fundamental workers’ rights, workers’ involvement in decision making over the creation of new jobs and redistribution of productivity stemming from new technologies, fair taxation, social justice, and improvement of health and safety conditions.

“We fully support your industrial action in the face of great uncertainty concerning the future of the metal industry in Italy, given decreasing industrial production, loss of the value of work, and the increasing number of accidents and deaths at work. The government and the private sector must meet the challenges by investing in innovation, ecological sustainability, employment generation, and enforcement of stringent health and safety standards.  It is also necessary to relaunch the domestic market, which would entail increasing wages, decreasing taxation, and guaranteeing a welfare state.    

“Therefore, we rally behind you on your struggle to increase employment through public and private investment in strategic sectors, generating quality jobs in an environmentally sustainable fashion.  It is also imperative to increase wages and lower taxation, reduce precarious employment, increase workers’ representation and collective bargaining power, and reform the Fornero law on pensions.  

“IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll European Trade Union sends our warmest solidarity greetings.”