Buses, trams and metro to be hit.
Milan’s ATM transport authority – operating buses, trams and metro trains – has confirmed a strike of their staff for Wednesday morning, 5 April.
Although lasting only four hours, from 08.45 to 12.45, the action is likely to have serious repercussions in the city, since this time all the major and several minor unions have adhered to the call: Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti, Ugl, Faisal-Cisal, Orsa, Sama-Faisa and Cub Trasporti.
A previous strike on 24 March brought only minor disruption, because only a few minor labour organisations took part.
Workers are protesting an industrial plan to break up ATM’s services into five separate operations, with consequent disadvantages for working conditions. Surface transport, they suspect, will be parcelled out to Busitalia, and the metro operations merged with Trenord.
A meeting in Milan prefecture, convened on 16 March to seek a formula for reconciliation, was abandoned with no agreement reached. “City hall missed an opportunity to answer our questions,” stated union representatives after talks broke down. “We are striking to guarantee the quality of services in the Milan metropolitan area and employment for thousands of Milan families.”