Thousands of Italians from the country’s main labour unions have gathered in the centre of Rome in protest against pension reform.
They are hoping especially to highlight the plight of those who took early retirement but now find themselves without income for a period of two years after the retirement age was raised.
The Italian Labour Ministry has estimated that around 65,000 people – which the unions call “esodati” meaning “dislocated workers,” find themselves in this position, and says it “is studying ways” to assist them. But Italy’s biggest union CGIL said around 300,000 workers have been affected.
One demonstrator in Rome said:
“We came here to demonstrate solidarity to those people who lost their job and do not know whether they will get a pension.”