ITALY - The pensioners' unions took to the streets this morning in a demonstration against the government demanding direct involvement in negotiations for pension reform.
SPI, FNP and UILP, the three pensioners' unions, gathered in Rome's Piazza Navona to call for a stake in the pensions negotiations.
"The financial law is still insufficient and we need measures that are more fair," the unions said in a statement.
Just last week, Italy's major trade unions signed an agreement with the government to bring pension reform forward by a year.
The pensioners' unions therefore have demanded they be allowed to take part in the negotiations on the reform, due to begin in January 2007.
Hope for the unions has manifested itself in the form of labour minister Cesare Damiano, who has been lobbying for their direct involvement.
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