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Published on : Saturday, June 17, 2017
Commuters and tourists have been left stranded across Italy following the nationwide strikes. In demand for better job conditions for workers, the transport unions protested against privatization causing major harassment and travel chaos. The nationwide strike forced the cancellation of Alitalia flights as well.
Strikes across Milan, Florence, Bologna, Ferrara caused disruption in the local buses and trains. Those undertaking longer journeys faced commotion too, with the strike affecting national train, aeroplane, and even boat services.
The SGB union said in a statement that the ” doctrine of privatization has gradually, dangerously spread through this sector, creating economic instability, unemployment, fewer services, and worrying reductions in safety, and sending salaries and workers’ rights and protections into free fall”.
Starting on Thursday evening, underground and over ground trains, airplanes and buses were cancelled in a series of strikes over a 24-hour period. In Rome, the LuceVerde site which provides real-time updates on traffic congestion, warned that traffic was moving more slowly than usual on all the major roads in and out of the centre. The Metro was not running at all, together with the Roma-Lido train line.