A nationwide strike against Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s 45.5-billion-euro ($65.5 billion) budget cuts disrupted travel and halted manufacturing in Italy, as labor unions organized protests in major cities across the country.
Sept. 6, 2011 Demonstrators march past the Colosseum during a general strike in Rome. With Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government under increasing pressure to produce credible measures to balance the budget, a strike by Italy's largest labor union against an austerity package shut down air, land and sea transport, stalled manufacturing and curtailed government services throughout the country on Tuesday. Susanna Camusso, head of the left-leaning Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL), said the 45.5-billion-euro ($64.5 billion) austerity package needs to be thrown out and substituted with fairer measures. Pier Paolo Cito/AP Buy Photo