Italian workers occupy cathedral bell tower to protest layoffs

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Italy: Two Italcementi workers have protested against company layoffs by occupying the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Sassari, Sardinia. The workers climbed up on 19 September 2012 in what they described as a 'sit-in prayer'. Union representative Simone Testoni said that workers to be laid off in November 2012 still haven't been told what the company's next move will be.

Italcementi reached a deal in 2008 with the regional government in which it pledged that while consolidating all its operations on the island, it would transfer existing employees rather than lay them off. Yet in May 2010 the factory closed. Italcementi blamed the economic crisis.

Last modified on 26 September 2012

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