Rail strike called Tuesday, Wednesday

Buses and MXP Express affected 24 and 25 May.

A national railway worker strike has been announced from 21.00 on Tuesday 24 until 18.00 on Wednesday 25 May across the country.

The protest will involve national lines of Trenitalia and NTV (operators of the Italo long-distance services), as well as Milan’s own Trenord commuter network, which also runs the Malpensa airport express line.

There are however some windows in the strike, designed to help commuters and customers whose travel needs are impelling.

Trenitalia has pledged to keep the “Freccia” long-distance express lines operating, as well as the Leonardo Express from Roma Termini to Fiumicino airport. A list of the individual guaranteed trains is published (in Italian) on their website.

Both Trenitalia and Trenord will respect the legally required rush-hour windows and provide a reduced minimum service between 21.00 and 22.00 on Tuesday, and between 06.00 and 09.00 on Wednesday. Trenord will shortly publish a list of guaranteed services on their website.

Italo has published on its website a list of the trains it will guarantee during the strike.

The Malpensa Express line to and from the airport will be affected, and replaced by a bus service which is not only slower than the train, but also runs only from Milano Cadorna and not from Milano Centrale like the usual rail service.

And finally, workers of the Autoguidovia bus services in the Milan hinterland south and east of the city will cross their arms on Tuesday from 11.00 to 15.00.

The striking workers are protesting both the delay in the renewal of their national sector contract and the overwork caused by a general block in hiring new staff. They also reject the government’s new pensionable age guidelines, and are demanding more flexibility in helping workers made redundant and who risk finishing up with no income until they reach retirement age.