A series of strikes will slow the city down between Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 October. Transport agency ATM has announced that the smaller unions Cobas, Cub and USB will adhere to the nationwide call to down tools on Friday from 08.45 to 15.00 and from 18.00 to end of shift.
Fortunately for travellers, the major union federations Cigl,Cisl and Uil will not be taking part, so rather than a total shutdown, the strike will cause some discomfort and delays on the bus, tram and metro networks.
Meanwhile, Trenord (which also services Malpensa and Linate airports) will down tools from 21.00 Thursday 17 October to 21.00 on Friday, but a minimum service will run, as provided by law, between 06.00 and 09.00 and between 18.00 and 21.00. Trenord advises that a timetable of minimum services will be posted on their website nearer the day.
On past experience, City hall has suspended the Area C traffic-free zone during strikes, but no announcement has yet been made about this.
Agitation by staff of Alitalia and civil aviation authority Enac will cut flights (including charters) to a bare minimum throughout the 24 hours of Friday, except for those scheduled for the legally protected slots of 07.00 to 10.00 and 18.00 to 21.00.
Connections with Sicily and Sardinia are also protected by law. A full list of flights which are not expected to be affected is available on this page. Trains on Trenitalia’s national network will be hit between 21.00 on Thursday and 21.00 on Friday, except for those protected by law between 06.00 and 09.00 and between 18.00 and 21.00, while ferries will not sail from 06.00 on Friday to 06.00 Saturday.