Unions strike in protest at TI plans

4 Oct 2006

Italian trade unions are calling for Telecom Italia’s proposed restructuring to be halted amid fears that it will lead to job cuts. Workers held a one-day strike on Tuesday to protest against the reorganisation, under which the telco plans to split its wireline and wireless businesses. Union leaders estimate that 80% of the workforce joined the strike according to a Dow Jones report. Unions are asking the government to step in to help formulate a future strategy for Italy’s largest telco. CGIL union representative Emilio Miceli commented: ‘This plan has to be stopped. What we are asking is to turn Telecom Italia into a real public company, since the current shareholding structure has demonstrated its inadequacy.’