Thousands of Italian school students are protesting nationwide over work placements which they say contribute little to their future job prospects.
The students are calling it a “strike” in 70 cities. Student unions organised the protest via social media.
Italy’s Student Network says “no more exploitation through free labour”.
It says 95% of schools – about 900,000 children – participate in work experience schemes. Italy has the EU’s third-highest jobless rate, at 11.2%.
The students want the government to fulfil its promise to draft a statute defining the status of people taking part in work experience and a code of ethics for companies using them.
The strike – with marches and rallies in Rome, Naples, Salerno and other cities – is also in protest at alleged under-funding of state schools.
The Student Network national coordinator, Giammarco Manfreda, said “we want work placements that provide real alternative training and quality for all”.
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