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Post date: 08/24/2011 - 23:32

Italian Trade Union calls For General Strike . This includes Peroni Brewery (Miller)

Italy's biggest trade union, the CGIL, on Sunday called for a general strike against the government's new austerity plans.

Union chief Susanna Camusso, speaking in the daily La Repubblica newspaper, said the CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) would hold a meeting on August 23 to fix a date for the strike.

Italy's biggest trade union, the CGIL, on Sunday called for a general strike against the government's new austerity plans.

Union chief Susanna Camusso, speaking in the daily La Repubblica newspaper, said the CGIL (Italian General Confederation of Labour) would hold a meeting on August 23 to fix a date for the strike.

"I can't see any other way to oppose the iniquity of this austerity plan," she added.

Italy's cabinet on Friday approved a 45.5-billion-euro ($64.8-billion) austerity package of spending cuts and tax hikes that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said was due to pressure from Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.

The draft measures -- which must still go before parliament for final approval expected early September -- include a new tax on high earners and deep cuts to local government and cabinet costs.