On Saturday, March 20, more than one million workers and youth marched
through the streets of Rome, in one of the biggest demos against the occupation
of Iraq anywhere in the world. This massive turnout reflects more than just
opposition to war, but also a growing militancy among Italian workers and youth.
A very important dispute has been going on for nearly three weeks now at the
FIAT plant in the southern Italian town of Melfi. Once used as an example of a
"difficult factory to organise" it is now in the vanguard of the
struggle of the Italian workers, with a display of militancy and determination
to win. The strike has provoked hundreds of spontaneous solidarity strikes up
and down the country.