Milan braces for transport strike Friday

National strike of transport workers, also in Milan.

A national general, 24-hour strike of public and private sector workers on Friday 10 November promises to disrupt life in Milan.

Although proclaimed as a “general strike”, the stoppage will not be total, as only minor unions are involved.  Still, the protest will cause delays and discomfort across the city and beyond. Also, it will be mainly the transport sector to suffer, although the Milan city website carries a warning that delays to municipal services will be possible throughout the day.

In Milan itself, city transport authority ATM has confirmed that metro underground lines and buses and trams of the surface lines will suffer delays and stoppages on Friday from 08.45 to 15.00 and again from 18.00 to the end of service.

Long-distance train services will suffer delays or cancellations from 21.00 on Thursday 9 November to the same hour on Friday. Private carrier Italo has published a list of guaranteed services. Trenitalia promises that the “Frecce” lines will be unaffected by the strike, and that regional trains will run during the legally protected rush-hour windows of 06.00 to 09.00 and 18.00 to 21.00.

Milan-based regional network Trenord has also published a list of guaranteed connections. The Malpensa Express airport rail connection operated by Trenord may be cancelled and replaced by a non-stop coach line, which however requires longer than a train to complete the distance, and in any case does not reach Milano Centrale station, but stops at Milano Cadorna.

Air travel might suffer delays as some ground support staff and air traffic controllers have adhered to a union call for a four-hour stoppage.  Delays are however expected to be minimal, and cancellations are unlikely.  Passengers should contact their carrier to be sure their flight is unaffected.

Workers are protesting against national and European economic policies.