The new year starts off with a series of transport strikes which will make January miserable for travellers in Milan.
On Wednesday 8 January a four-hour strike by workers of Enav, the national flight assistance agency, will ground or delay flights between 13.00 and 17.00, with the exception of easyJet.
On Thursday 9 January some workers at SEA and SEA Handling, the companies which manage ground services at Linate and Malpensa airports, will down tools from 10.00 to 14.00. Those on strike will be members of the Usb Lavoro Privato union. This will cause delays in services such as baggage handling.
Saturday 18 January easyJet cabin staff will stop work from 12.00 to 16.00. At the same time, staff at SEA and SEA Handling, this time members of the Cub Trasporti union, will protest.
On Friday 24 January, a nationwide 24-hour strike will hit local transport – buses, trams and metro – in different formats in each city, to be announced nearer the date. The strike will however respect the legally protected “commuters’ bracket” of morning and evening travel. The strike has been called by only Usb Lavoro Privato and not by the major unions, so participation is likely to be much less than total.
And on Wednesday 29 January both ground and cabin staff of the Meridiana group will observe a 24-hour stop.
Finally, from 7 to 31 January, some workers at Telecom Italia’s Caring division will strike for the last hour of each shift, and those of the Open Access division for the last two hours of each shift, as well as refusing to work overtime, while from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 January lawyers of the Unione camere penali will stop work in protest.