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    Italian Workers to Strike Against Renzi Labor Reform

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    The reform is aimed at pulling the country out of the recession, but can have a negative impact on Italian workers as they can be easily fired according to the new legislation.

    MOSCOW, December 12 (Sputnik) - Thousands of Italian workers are going to strike against the new Italian labor law, Deutsche Welle reported on Friday.

    The new Jobs Act, initiated by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and adopted by the country’s parliament, will enable companies to dismiss people more easily and hire a new workforce. The law aims to stimulate job creation for the youth, who have very poor job opportunities with the unemployment rate currently at 43%, according to Italy Chronicles.

    “The Jobs Act will become law. Italy is really changing," Renzi tweeted after the confidence vote in Italian parliament passed with 166 votes for the adoption of the new law, 112 against and one abstention.

    According to Renzi, the new labor market reform will improve the nation’s employment, especially among the youth.  It is designed to pull the country out of recession and “to breathe new life into economy,” Deutsche Welle reports.

    However, the new Jobs Act has caused wide protests among Italian workers, who can easily lose their jobs due to the new regulations.


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