Almost all Italy's non-Communist trade unions, including the Catholic Free Italian Confederation of Trade Unions, have merged to form the C.I.S.L. (Confederazione Italiana dei Sindacati dei Lavoratori).
Signor Pastore, a Christian Democrat well known in international labour circles, was nominated secretary-general of the new body, which is to be independent Of the parties and of the Government.
It incorporates all the democratic trade unions outside the Communistled Italian General Confederation of Labour (C.G.I.L.) except the U.I.L. (Italian Workers' Union), which was recently formed under the aegis of Signor Romita's Unitarian Socialist party.