Italy: The Maoists Strike

Italy's giant manufacturer of little cars, Fiat, has always demonstrated an ability to adapt to prevailing political and economic philosophies. Fiat's progressive president, Gianni Agnelli, supported Italy's "opening to the left," which brought Socialists into government, and he maintains an open dialogue with trade unions, including those dominated by Communists. Last week he visited Russia for a first look at the $800 million auto plant that his company is building for the Soviets. Yet back home in Turin, Fiat faces a labor crisis, fired in no small part by the activities of several hundred militant workers whom Italians have...

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