"We don't want lay-offs, we want to work and we want everyone to be hired, (we want) all 10,500 workers to be hired and to work, not just 2.,800, 3,000, we don't care. We want everyone on board and all the branches of the company because they are all equally important."
"The first act is to stop redundancies because we are facing not only redundancies that are taking place - you have seen the problem of that Florentine factory, GKN - but a million more redundancies are planned, after the one million jobs that have been lost during 2020."
6. People watching demonstration
7. SOUNDBITE (Italian) Francesco Staccioli, USB Labor Union:
"We ask the government for the reopening of a session of debate based on three themes: first, the reconstruction of an IRI, namely an institute for the industrial reconstruction that was at the basis of this country's industrial development in the post-war period, the nationalization of large industrial companies in order to boost work and income, and an expansive industrial policy that focuses on workers' rights."
Hundreds of workers gathered in Rome for a general strike on Monday that blocked the centre of the Italian capital.
Demonstrators protested in front of the Ministry of Economic Development demanding the government stop redundancies, guarantee better working conditions and solve the industrial crisis affecting the country.
Buses returned to depots and trains were cancelled as workers from public transport companies joined the protest march.
Leading the protest were employees of Alitalia, the former national airline that's due to be replaced by a new national carrier ITA, or Italy Air Transport.
Alitalia cancelled dozens of flights on Monday.
The European Commission has given the go-ahead to a 1.35 billion euro (approx. 1.58 billion US dollars) injection of government funding into the new airline, but ITA is only planning to hire around a quarter of the estimated 10,000 Alitalia employees.