The big three Italian trade unions buried their differences to organise a day of protest against austerity on Saturday, and mobilised at least 100,000 people from all over the country in Rome.
A fleet of 1500 buses, 10 trains and ships from Sardinia were used to bring the workers, concerned about rising unemployment and what they call unfair taxes, to the capital.
“We are here this morning to say that our country needs fast answers to allow us to get over this crisis,” said the Secretary General of the CGIL Susanna Camusso.
“It’s important to send a sign to the government that work must be the major issue of their agenda. If we have work we can move ahead,” said union member Lorenzo Guiseppe.
With the headline slogan “Together for work” the big three came together for the first time in a decade. Both unions and employers have criticised recent labour reforms, which have done little to ease the situation. Unemployment for the under-24s has now hit 40%, an all-time record.