Accenture Palermo call center employee goes on hunger strike

Among 262 employees protesting for fear of job loss

(ANSA) - Palermo, September 29 - An Accenture employee on Monday chained himself to the gates in front of the multinational company's Palermo call center and stopped eating, ANSA sources said.
    Giuseppe Palazzolo, a 38-year-old with two daughters, is one of 262 Accenture employees who have been staging protests for the last two weeks over fear of losing their jobs, after British Telecom recently announced an early termination of its Accenture outsourcing contract at the Palermo call center.
    On Monday some employees also climbed onto the call center roof.
    A meeting is planned on Monday afternoon in Rome at the Ministry of Economic Development to mediate the dispute.
    The case has become a social-media phenomenon among Italian celebrities and media personalities, using the hashtag #262acasa, implying that 262 workers would be sent home for good.
   

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