A general strike of the personnel of the Italian State TV is scheduled for 11 June against the budget cuts decided by the Government. However Prime Minister Matteo Renzo, after his fresh electoral triumph, doesn’t look frightened at all, even labeling the strike as “humiliating”: for the workers and the trade unions, of course.
Mr Renzi’s attack indeed weakened the strike front, with Director General Luigi Gubitosi and even a trade union Secretary General speaking against the protest.
The Italian State TV is financed by a “subscription tax” which must be paid by whoever owns at least a TV or a radio, but it also airs commercials.
It has a reputation of bad governance due to its strict connections with political parties, dating back to the First Italian Republic.
Its main competitors are Berlusconi’s three TV networks.