TECHNOCRAT PM MARIO MONTI TAKES ON ITALY’S TRADE UNIONS

Prime Minister Mario Monti began a final push yesterday to forge a deal with trade unions on labour reform that is a crucial test of his ability to revive Italy’s chronically uncompetitive economy. A deal on labour reforms would bolster confidence in Monti's ability to push through the kind of far-reaching changes that are needed to restore growth and reduce Italy’s crippling burden of public debt.