italy8.jpg  A Previous Demonstration of Italian Teachers The Italian teachers union, COBAS has called for a strike in schools on October 15th Teaching jobs in Italy have been cut by 140000 over the last three years and there have been mass sackings of temporary teachers - resulting in what the union describes as 'misery schools' where class sizes are too big and there are not the basics needed for a good education. Teachers pay has also been hit. Teachers and other school staff came out on strike last June against underfunding in edcuation and since then they have been on a work to rule - hitting extra activities and extra hours. Parents and students wil be demonstrating with teachers and other school workers for a massive increase in education funding.