MAY 20, 2002
Italian strikes to hit Ferrari?
The Italian unions are battling with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over reform of the labor laws which will make it easier for people to be fired. At the moment it is virtually to fire anyone in Italy.
There was a general strike a month ago.
Berlusconi says he is committed to the change.
Relations between the government and the unions has been under strain since the assassination of Marco Biagi, one of the men who came up with the reforms two months ago. In addition to the manufacturing trade there are also expected to be transport strikes which will be disruptive.