04 March 2019 20:15


Solidarity to the Italian Unions General Strike: March 15


The BWI is calling all its affiliates to send solidarity messages of support to the Italian unions--- FILLEA-CGIL, FILCA-CISL, and FENEAL-UIL---as they prepare for a national General Strike that will take place on 15 March 2019.


In the past ten years due to the political policies of the Italian government, 600,000 construction workers have lost their jobs, 120,00 companies in the industry has collapsed, and major infrastructure projects have come to a halt.  On 15 March, workers from all the BWI sectors---building, wood, cement, and construction materials will join in unity calling for a series of demands including:

  • Creation of more jobs in the construction sector through public investment forthe industry;
  • Establishment of national credit fund;
  • Implementation of national framework for regulation of natural raw materials;
  • Ensure equal pay for equal work to counter social dumping;
  • Establishment for permanent inter-ministerial forum to address labour issues; and
  • Implementation of new and effective housing policies


You can express solidarity and support by doing the following:

  1. Send letters of support to the Italian unions in care of BWI.
  2. Take a photo with the attached poster and distribute it via social media including the BWI@Work facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/BWI.work