(ANSA) - Bari, March 10 - The head of Italy's largest labor
confederation chided the premier on Monday for being "out of
touch" with human suffering in the country amid the economic
"Matteo Renzi seems out of touch with the fact that there
is a part of the country that has paid a very high price during
this crisis," said GCIL chief Susanna Camusso.
"Renzi needs to understand that that part of the country is
the working class and retirees, who are watching his numerous
Despite heading the center-left Democratic Party (PD),
Matteo Renzi is seen to represent the more moderate wing of his
party that is less friendly to unions.
Camusso has called on Renzi to pay close attention to the
union since his appointment as premier last month.
Speaking to popular Italian television host Fabio Fazio on
Sunday, Renzi said his government would "listen to everyone,"
including the unions and powerful industrial confederation
"But we'll be the ones to decide," he added. "We know what
there is to do, and we'll do it with citizens in mind.
He then asked both the unions and industrialists, "what
have you achieved in the past 20 years?" referring to the
country's economy that had been slowing even before the global