Travel in and around Milan will once again be difficult on Friday 22 March because of strike action.
However, most unons have promised to respect the so-called “guarantee periods” up to 08.45 and from 15.00 to 18.00, to reduce the suffering for commuters.
Surface and underground transport by mobility authority ATM – buses, trams and metro – will stop between 08.45 and 15.00, and again from 18.00 until the end of the evening shift.
Services on the Trenord regional railway network will be hit from 09.00 to 18.00, but minimum service will be guaranteed between 06.00 and 09.00, and from 18.00 to 21.00. Trenord’s “passante ferroviario” mini-network – routes S1, S2, S5, S6, S9 and S13 – may also be affected. Trenord also warns that the Malpensa Express airport service may suffer delays.
Trenitalia longer-distance services, however, should be regular.
Air travel will also be hit by a four-hour strike from 12.00 to 16.00 by Alitalia cabin crews and pilots.
Workers are protesting about what they call a persistent uncertainty about financial resources for the transport sector and insufficient progress in negotiations for renewal of their contract, which has been due for five years now.
Ground staff at Milan’s Linate and Malpensa airports – check-in staff, baggage handlers and other services – are also preparing to strike against an EU fine levied on the airport management company Sea Handling, which might cause losses of up to 2,500 staff. But no date has yet been set for this protest, which is unconnected with Friday’s transport strike.