Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, center, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, left, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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Striking workers took to the streets in cities across Italy on Friday to protest against cuts to public services and labour reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.The protests were a prelude to a larger series of rallies called by Italy's biggest union, the CGIL, for Saturday.Unions and left-wing members of Renzi's own Democratic Party say the proposals undermine workers' rights and do nothing to address the underlying causes of decades of economic stagnation.Rome's public transport agency ATAC said that as of 1030 GMT on Friday, 14 percent of its employees had participated in the strike.
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