ITALY: Master of Persuasiva

Andreotti faces trying times—as usual

> The Premier is seated at a table in Rome's Palazzo Chigi. Opposite him are three grim labor leaders. They want an immediate $34 monthly pay increase for hospital workers; failing that, 2.5 million public employees will stage a sympathy strike, followed by a crippling one-day general walkout. After six hours of fruitless talks, the Premier has had enough. "No!" he declares angrily. The nation's inflation rate is at 12%. To breach wage guidelines with yet another raise for a major union would destroy the government's efforts to...

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