Public transport and petrol service strikes scheduled

Travel difficult on Monday 30 March and Wednesday 1 April.

On Monday, a nationwide four-hour protest by public transport workers will make the return journey home difficult for commuters. Times will vary around the country: in Milan, the protest will take place from 18.00 to 22.00, when buses, trams and metro trains will be at a still-stand.

Transport workers around the country are protesting that their contract has not been renewed in eight years; those in Milan against the prospect of extra work for Expo 2015.

On Wednesday 1 April petrol station workers on Italian motorways will suspend services for 24 hours from midnight to midnight.

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This is the second such strike after the first on 3 March, both in protest against the motorway concession-holders’ intention to further increase the price of fuel on toll-roads, already more expensive than that sold on normal roads.

Since the law requires a guarantee of “minimum service”, this will be provided by one service station every 100 km of motorway. But these stations will be open only during normal working hours, and no self-service pumps will be available during night hours.