Yesterday morning I was on the bus, listening to a fellow passenger muttering about traffic. The reason was clear once we reached Piramide: a manifestazione (demonstration, rally) was just about to start. The major Italian trade unions CGIL – CISL – UIL were holding a joint national rally in Rome: Lavoro è democrazia. Labour is democracy. This was one of the starting points, and people from all over Italy were pouring in by metro, train and bus.
Balloons, banners, flags everywhere. Messages: Investments, re-distribution of income, recovery in consumptions are the essential conditions to support the economy. From the Guardian: Italy’s workforce march on Rome to demand end to high unemployment Quote: “Italian unemployment rose to 12% in April, the highest level on record, and joblessness among people under 24 is at an all-time high above 40%.” Hard times.