Landmark industrial action is making waves in Italy.
Workers from the country’s largest commercial broadcaster Mediaset have embarked on their first ever nationwide strike.
More than three thousand rallied in Milan and Rome to voice their discontent over plans to contract out the work of make-up artists.
One worker complained: “It’s like being fired, because they’re handing us to a company we know nothing about.”
The strike, which has the backing of editorial staff, is also the first of its kind for a company controlled by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
It’s already having an impact on weekend schedules, forcing the cancellation of some programs.