Thousands of workers participated in the General Strike initiated by the Italian trade Union USB (Unione Sindacale di Base) on Wednesday 25 March. Throughout Italy, from Trieste to Taranto, all non-essential production stopped, sending a symbolic but militant message to the government about the workers’ rights and demands.
The strike comes as a response to the criminal policy of the government and big employers that denied the suspension of unecessary activity in industries and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, thus endangering millions of lives, including those of the workers.
The General Confederation of Italian Industry, Confindustria, stood against the strike in an effort to undermine the mobilization of the workers, but without success.
In the frontline of the struggle for the working people’s health are the doctors and the medical staff who are fighting daily, under difficult circumstances, against the COVID-19 pandemic which has severely hit the country.
Numerous trade unions, including the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) from Greece and the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), expressed their solidarity and support to the initiative of USB.
In the call for today’s strike, under the slogan “How many more deaths are needed for the government to understand that everything must be closed?” the USB was pointing out: