The World Federation of Trade Unions expressing the voice of more than 100 million workers in 132 countries, salutes the General Strike in Italy and fully supports the philanthropic, anthropocentric and pro-labor demands of its affiliated organization USB.

Once again, we express our deepest condolences to families and friends of the passed away people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The austerity imposed by the EU in recent years has resulted in economic cuts in the health sector, the closure of hospitals, cuts in the number of beds and healthcare staff. The governments are trying to convince us that the spreading of the coronavirus is “personal responsibility” trying to hide the huge gaps in the health system.

Dear comrades, the 75 years history of WFTU shows us that the class struggle continues under any circumstances, even in the darkest times our duty is to raise even more, the flag of solidarity, the flag of struggle for a society which places the peoples and their needs at its heart.

We call the Italian workers, the people of Italy to take part massively in the strike, adopt the demands of USB, demand measures of protection for their lives against the coronavirus.

The WFTU Secretariat


World Federation of Trade Unions