Govt says ready to 'intervene' to combat overuse of strikes

Premier says bringing cities to a halt not acceptable

(ANSA) - Rome, October 13 - Premier Matteo Renzi said Tuesday that the government was ready to change the laws regulating industrial action to combat overuse of strikes unless a deal is struck between trade unions and firms. "If there is no agreement between the unions and the companies, we are ready to intervene with a law on (worker) representation," Renzi told the RTL 102.5 radio station. "The right to strike is indisputable, but a situation in which every Friday one union gets up and says let's halt the city is not possible," he said referring to a long string of transport sector strikes that have hit Rome commuters especially hard.
    "If there is a minimum percentage for public transport, you don't bring it to a halt".


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