The CGIL, Italy’s largest trade union confederation, has called a day of action on Friday 18 November to protest against cuts to health budgets.
Among the swinging austerity measures passed by the outgoing government of Silvio Berlusconi over the weekend were health cuts of 12 billion euros (£10.3 billion) through 2014.
The measures come on top of 4 billion euros of fresh health charges for ordinary Italians introduced in July, a reduction in social services budgets of 20 billion euros and massive job cuts in the health sector. Over 90,000 public sector jobs were axed in 2010 alone.
The day of action, dubbed ‘health is a fundamental right’, will involve 400 actions across the country, including demonstrations and flash mobs.
Article 32 of the Italian constitution says: “The Republic safeguards health as a fundamental right of the individual and as a collective interest.”
CGIL website (in Italian): http://tinyurl.com/cp6lxxx