Strike to cripple Milan transport, schools, health services on 26 Oct

Milan urban transport also affected.

A general strike called by Usi, Cub, Sgb e Sial Cobas labour unions to protest government economic policy is expected to have severe effects throughout Friday 26 October, starting at 21.00 on the previous evening.

City transport authority ATM, which operates Milan’s metro, buses and trams, warns that the protest will last from 08.45 to 15.00 on Friday morning, and again from 18.00 to the end of the evening shift. Unions announced on Thursday that Milan metro staff will strike on Friday from 18.00 until the end of service, leaving the metro lines running through the daytime hours.

Milan-based regional transport network Trenord has published a note confirming that trains departing before 21.00 on Thursday evening and arriving at their destination before 22.00 will run regularly, while on Friday only the legally required, minimum guaranteed service will be provided from 06.00 to 09.00 and from 18.00 to 21.00.

State railway operator Trenitalia says train services will be disrupted for 24 hours, starting at 21.00 on Thursday evening. It has published a list of guaranteed connections on its website.

Private railway operator Italo has also provided a list of minimum guaranteed train connections for the 24-hour duration of the strike, providing just under half of the scheduled routes.

The air transport sector will be affected, but the various airlines, many of which employ staff under non-Italian contracts, have as yet published no cumulative notice of affected flights. In general, airline and ground services will be hit for 24 hours, starting at midnight on Thursday evening. Passengers are urged to contact their carrier for details.

School workers, both teaching and support staff, have been invited to participate in Friday’s protest. No details are yet available of the expected extent of adhesion to the strike.

In the health sector, emergency services and care of hospitalised patients will be guaranteed. But in all other cases, individual ASLs (local health units) will decide which services will be provided according to the proportion of workers taking part in Friday’s strike action.