Today: Monday, 5 December 2022 year

A rally of thousands began in Rome.

A rally of thousands began in Rome.

The largest national trade union – the General Italian Confederation of Labor (CGIL) – holds a procession and rally in the center of Rome on Saturday.

The event under the slogan “Italy and Europe, listen to the world of work” is dedicated to the anniversary of the riots, during which the participants of the demonstration, opponents of the so-called green pass (electronic COVID-certificates), clashed with the police and destroyed the CGIL building. Representatives of the ultra-right took an active part in illegal actions.

According to the organizers, about 10 thousand people will take part in the current procession. The route of the column is noteworthy – the demonstrators will pass from Piazza Repubblica to Piazza del Popolo through the Spanish Steps. Typically, Roman demonstrations are consistent with bypassing tourist attractions and with minimal impact on urban transport.

In Piazza del Popolo, representatives of the trade unions will hold a rally, at which Maurizio Landini, general secretary of Cgil, will take the final word.

CGIL, along with other workers’ associations and international trade unions, have called on the Italian and European governments to bring social justice and work back to the center of the political agenda. To the future government, the Italian General Confederation of Labor puts forward a list of 10 proposals, among which are wage and pension increases; the introduction of a minimum wage, the maintenance of “civilian income” as a universal measure to combat poverty, as well as labor protection and security in the workplace.

Demonstrators hold banners and banners against the rise in the cost of living, inflation and rising energy tariffs. There are also many anti-fascist and pacifist slogans. According to the correspondent, the number of protesters meets the organizers’ expectations: people are coming from Piazza Repubblica in a dense stream in trade union red colors.