Workers in a high-tech textile industry in the Italian city of Gagliari have protested their rights under the countrys labor laws in protest at what they call a lack of protections for workers.
More than 150 workers have been striking since April, and they say they are protesting against a government law that allows them to strike for up to 30 days without being able to appeal.
A union representing the workers has filed a petition with the Italian labor ministry, accusing it of “negligent conduct” and of trying to silence the workers.
The union said the legislation has been used to impose “disproportionate” costs on the textile industry.
The textile industry is a $2.5 trillion business in the country, according to the European Commission, and the workers are a core part of it.
It employs more than a million people in the two Italian regions of Parma and Sardinia.
The textile industry has also become an economic engine for the region, providing the region with billions of euros of exports, including clothing, shoes and textiles.
But in the past, labor law has often been used by the government to force the textile workers to accept lower wages or take jobs abroad.
According to a 2011 report by the Labor Ministry, around 30 percent of the textile workforce is made up of immigrants.
In the textile industries of Piacenza and Sardinianso, the migrant workers are mostly women, according a 2012 study by the Italian Confederation of Labor and Social Relations.
While the textile companies argue that they are not paying the migrant women enough, they have also accused the workers of not having proper working conditions and of not being compensated in a fair manner.
As part of the protest, workers on Wednesday said they would demand a salary increase and the right to take part in a workers’ strike, which they said is an important issue for the textile and footwear industry in general.
“We want to have a higher salary,” said María de la Torre, one of the strikers.
“This will mean more money for our families and we can live in our own homes.”
The workers have called for a minimum wage of 3,000 euros per month and for the government, which is responsible for paying for the living expenses of the workers, to increase their salaries to at least 3,500 euros per week.
Gagliaro, the textile factory where the strike began, is one of several factories in Italy where migrant workers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are working under exploitative conditions.
It was established in 2011, and it has been one of Italy’s most profitable textile industries.
But the textile unions in the region say it has become increasingly difficult to recruit the workers needed to make clothes for the industry, and that many workers have stopped working because of the high cost of living.
They also say the country is losing its textile industry to foreign competition, which means that the workers don’t have the support needed to support their families.
Despite the protest in Gaglia, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that he was “saddened” by the strikes and would hold a meeting with the workers on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the workers in Piacelli are also calling for an end to the discrimination against migrant workers in Italy, and an end of “shameful” conditions.
“The textile sector needs a change,” said Marta Tovar, the secretary general of the Piacelle workers union.
“We want the same wage and conditions that we’ve been experiencing for years.
We want to work and to live as normal, without fear.”
Watch more about the Gaglinari textile strike, as aired on CTV News Channel, Wednesday, May 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
ET on the CTVNews Channel.