Italy’s three biggest unions have called a three hour strike this afternoon against the imposition of austerity measures.
The protest is against pension reforms and tax hikes which unions claim are too tough and unfairly distributed.
Many Italians are extremely worried about the changes and their effect on the country’s future.
Prime Minister Mario Monti met with union leaders last night but failed to convince them that his plan could work against what he calls “Italy’s extreme financial situation.”
Amid concerns action at Friday’s summit wont be enough to restore confidence there has been some positive news for Italy however, with the country today selling seven billion euros worth of a 12-month debt.