90% of bank employees on strike nationwide, union says

Protesters call for national collective bargaining

(ANSA) - Milan, January 30 - Banks were closed across Italy on Friday as 90% of unionized employees participated in a strike for renewal of a national contract, said Lando Sileoni, national secretary of bank employee's union Fabi.
    Bank staff all over the country protested in squares including the Piazza della Scala in Milan against the Italian Banking Association's (ABI) decision to rescind a national collective bargaining contract.
    "There will be 7,000 people (in Piazza della Scala), 130 buses are on their way," said Susanna Camusso, leader of the CGIL union federation and co-organizer of the strike.
    "If ABI doesn't change its mind, we'll continue our protests and strikes," Camusso said.


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