Petrol station strike announced

But only on motorways

Unions have called a 48-hour, nationwide strike of motorway service stations from 22.00 on Tuesday 3 March until the same hour of Thursday 5 March.

Some stations will however be exempted from the strike to ensure there is a minimum service. Announcements are expected to be made in the media about which service areas will guarantee cover.

The Anisa Confcommercio, Fegica Cisl and Faib Confesercenti unions are protesting what they see as lack of support by the government for their sector, hit by rising costs which are also being passed on to the public. In particular, they claim, the companies holding concessions for motorway management are imposing more self-service pumps, with a consequent effect on employment, and higher fuel prices for motorway pumps than on those off the motorways.

The unions advise travellers on all three days involved in the industrial action to check the media before joining the motorway, to see which service areas have been exempted.