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Italian workers rally against job losses and plant closures

Published on Oct 20, 2012 10:56 PM

ROME (REUTERS) - Thousands of Italian trade unionists rallied in central Rome on Saturday to protest against growing job cuts and factory closures, urging Prime Minister Mario Monti's government to do more to help workers hit by a year-long recession.

"We're here to support all the workers who are in dispute with their companies during this economic crisis," said protester Michele Giuliva as he joined the rally organised by the left-leaning Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL), Italy's biggest.

"The government is thinking only of bond spreads."

Italians are grappling with a prolonged economic slump, unemployment has risen to its highest since monthly records began in 2004 and unions are locked in growing disputes with companies over plant closures and lay-offs.

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