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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 March 2020

'Health not profit' strike wave sweeps Italy

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Chris Thomas

Italy is in lockdown in the fight against coronavirus. Bars, restaurants and shops are closed, with the exception of supermarkets, pharmacies and newsagents.

And yet, under pressure from the bosses' organisation Confindustria, workers are still expected to go to work elsewhere, often on overcrowded public transport. It is a clear case of putting profit before health.

But workers have responded with a rash of spontaneous strikes across Italy. At Fiat in Pomigliano, Toyota in Bologna, the shipyards in Liguria, and numerous other factories and workplaces, workers have taken strike action over health and safety.

In some cases, there has been a lack of protective equipment - such as at the Ilva steelworks in Puglia where workers are striking for ten days. In others, health and safety measures have not been implemented at all or have been totally inadequate.

The head of Confindustria in Lombardy has called the strikes "irresponsible" and accused workers of "exploiting" the coronavirus! However, action from below has forced the government to draw up a safety protocol together with the three main trade union federations.

But on its own this will not be enough. "What applies in the street must apply in the factory," has been one of the slogans of the strike wave.

Only workers in essential sectors should be expected to work, and the trade unions should be involved in decisions about what constitutes essential work. All workers at home should be on full pay.

Workers will need to continue to organise on the ground in the factories and workplaces, and strike if necessary, to make sure the bosses adhere to the protocol.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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Coronavirus: socialist planning, not capitalist chaos!

Coronavirus housing emergency - suspend rent and mortgage payments, seize empty homes

PCS union demands better deal for benefits claimants

Councils must break austerity rules

Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

Coronavirus hospital worker: amazing response from staff - but worst still to come

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United States: private healthcare exposed as Trump throws money at markets

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Under the microscope: socialist coronavirus news in brief


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Tory student plot defeated at Cardiff uni

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Socialist Students speaking tour

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