The comrades of FalceMartello are mourning the loss of comrade Giampiero Palermo, from Cosenza in the region of Calabria in the south, who took his own life yesterday. In Defence of Marxism mourns with them. Giampiero was a dedicated and hardworking comrade of the tendency gathered around FalceMartello and the IMT in Italy. He was one of our first comrades in the south, a convinced Communist and fighter for the cause of the working class. You can read Claudio Bellotti’s Addio Giampiero in Italian. A translation will follow.

The FIAT plant at Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples) has become the centre of attention for all militant trade unionists in Italy. The bosses are trying to implement new draconian work conditions and in the process have used all kinds of bullying methods. But they can push too far and the workers are reaching the limit and preparing to fight back.

In response to Berlusconi’s severe public spending cuts the CGIL, Italy’s main trade union confederation called a 4-hour general strike last week. The response was massive with one million workers on the streets of Italy’s cities. A very militant mood could be felt on all the rallies with particular attention on the lead being given by the FIAT workers at the Pomigliano plant near Naples.

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