ROMA – is dead Guglielmo Epifani, former general secretary of the CGIL and, for a short period, secretary of the Democratic Party and then moved on to Liberi e Uguali of which he was currently a member of parliament. He was born in Rome in 1950. Epifani was the first socialist to lead the CGIL, he was deputy of Bruno Trentin and then of Sergio Cofferati.
Graduated in philosophy with a thesis on Anna Kuliscioff, he spent his entire career in the CGIL before the political one. He began to work in the publishing house of the union, then moved to the federation of polygraphers of which he took over. In 1990 he entered the confederal secretariat and in 2002, after Cofferati’s farewell, he became the general secretary.
Cultured, refined intellectual, he was a trade unionist with gentle features, but also capable of radical decisions. It was he who in 2002 announced at the CGIL congress the decision that led to the million workers in the streets against the reform of article 18 wanted by the Berlusconi government.