Trains at a standstill Friday 10 April.
Unions representing personnel of NTV, the privately-owned railway venture operating the red Italo trains, have announced strike action from 10.00 to 18.00 for Friday.
The high-speed operator, founded in 2006 by a group of businessmen led by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo to break the monopoly of Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa, is still weighed down by some €670 million of debt. NTV management has proposed a new business plan involving a €100 million recapitalisation, the opening of new routes and the purchase of at least six new trains, but also costing the redundancy of 248 employees, or about a quarter of the workforce.
The unions originally wanted to call a 24-hour strike, but the government commission regulating industrial action ordered the protest to be reduced.
The streamlined, dark red, high-speed Italo trains currently connect Milan with Bologna, Florence, Naples, Reggio Emilia, Rome Salerno and Turin from the Expo-Rho Fiera, Porta Garibaldi and Rogoredo stations.
No announcement has yet been made about which services will be hit by Friday’s strike. Travellers can check which trains are running on the “Real Time” page of the Italo website.