- Title: ITALY: SHOPKEEPERS AND BARMEN STRIKE IN ROME
- Date: 16th April 1971
- Summary: 1. LV PAN Closed shop 0.08 2. LV More closed shops (2 shots) 0.24 3. GV PAN Closed market place 0.32 4. GV Closed shops 0.32 5. CU Poster giving notification of bank closing 0.42 6. CU Road sign "Via Vittorio Veneto" 0.45 7. GV Street scene PAN TO closed 0.53 8. GV INT. Empty tables and chairs 0.58 9. GV EXT. TILT DOWN Cafe de Paris closed 1.07 10. GV PAN Taverna Trilussa Restaurant closed 1.15 11. SV Poster on door 1.18 12. GV Restaurant TILT DOWN TO cat 1.28 Initials SGM/1615 SGM/1638 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 1st May 1971 13:00
- Location: Rome, Italy
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVACZ0JAIV2AAJ0L32XVTN6I2LXA
- Story Text: Virtually every bar and restaurant in Rome was closed yesterday (15 April) due to a strike by barmen and shopkeepers. Tobacconists also joined the strike to protest against a new value added tax. The strikers claim that the new tax will add twelve percent to their costs. This could lead to higher prices, which could affect their trade.
The post-Easter strike comes in the wake of a general strike last week to press trade union demands for housing reforms. Meanwhile, piles of undelivered letters in Rome approached the million mark as the city's unions decided to extend Thursday's one day strike by a further 48 hours. The Post Office workers are demanding improved pay and working conditions. In Milan, tourists suffered the effects of a hotel strike that entered its third and last day on Thursday.
In Rome there was some relief for tourists, as hotels kept their bars and restaurants open.
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