National general strike in Italy on 8 March to hit Milan

International Women's Day strike to affect Milan public transport and schools.

A day-long national general strike is scheduled in Italy on Thursday 8 March - International Women's Day – threatening the country's education and public transport sectors, including air and rail travel.

Backed by Italian trade unions and the Non Una di Meno feminist movement, the strike is aligned with a global call for an end to discrimination against women in the workplace and greater penalties for male violence against women.

Milan’s urban transit authority ATM warns that public transport will be affected from 08.45 to 15.00 and again from 18.00 to the end of service.

Regional transport network Trenord warns that strike action will impact on services from midnight until 21.00, including the Malpensa express; this will probably be substituted by a non-stop coach service.  However, a minimum service will be provided during the “protected slots” for commuters, from 06.00 to 09.00 and from 18.00 to 21.00.

Trenitalia has guaranteed its long-distant “Frecce” trains, while private rail service Italo has published a list of guaranteed connections.

Commuters should also expect disruption to Milan's night bus services on the night of 7 March, as well as potential delays with regional rail travel and at the city's three airports, Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio on 8 March. For full details see transport ministry website.