Public transport strikes as Expo 2015 opens

Protests against extra overtime.

Two separate strikes are scheduled in and around Milan over the next two weeks, just as Expo 2015 opens on 1 May.

On Tuesday 28 April, trams, buses and metro trains in the city will come to a still stand from 08.45 until 15.00, when ATM workers will stop in protest. The same protest will also involve staff of Nord Est Trasporti, which operates country routes in the north-east area of Milan province,

The same company’s urban services in Monza will observe different stopping times: from 09.00 to 11.50 and from 14.50 to 20.00.

Workers are protesting the block on vacation throughout the year in view of the extra work caused by Expo 2015, the extra amount of overtime required, and what they describe as “total indifference to the problem of safety” caused by “long hours at the wheel beyond every reasonable limit.”

ATM urges commuters to follow their Twitter feed at @atm_informa for a real-time update on the situation.

A second strike, this time of service station staff on Italy’s network of motorways, will follow on Monday 4 May. Starting at 22.00, the stations will be closed for 48 hours, until 22.00 on Wednesday 6 May.

This is the third – and longest – protest by the service station operators this year, denouncing what they describe as the government’s “total lack of initiative” in addressing their complaints. As during the previous strikes, the law requires that at least one service station remain available to motorists every 100 km of motorway.