Strikes loom for rest of this month

Several sectors to suffer in Milan.

Industrial action will cause difficulties in and around Milan during the rest of the month of October, unless negotiations bring cancellations and a breath of relief.

The first occasion will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20-21 October, when petrol stations on Italy’s motorways will close for 48 hours, starting at 22.00 on Monday evening. Since the law requires one to be open every 100 km, motorists are advised to check the media to find out which are providing emergency service before joining the motorway.

On Thursday 22 October, postal workers at Poste Italiane will down tools for the whole day, as will employees of the cargo sector of Trenitalia, these last also on the following day.

On Saturday 24 October, school staff have proclaimed a nationwide strike to protest what are perceived as unfair parts of the recent law on school staffing. This will of course affect only families of students who would normally have classes on Saturdays.

Also on 24 October, air transport will suffer through a strike by ENAV, the provider of air traffic control and flight information services, as well as by Air Italy and Techno Sky. On the ground, workers will cross their arms at Ferrovia dello Stato, Trenord and NTV, the company running Italo trains.

And on Thursday 29 October, Autoguidovie – the company providing local bus services in south-west and south-east parts of Milan province, Monza and Brianza province as well as urban routes in Paderno and Dugnano – will provide no service throughout the day.