Anti-strike call for Jubilee year

No public service strikes during Jubilee.

The head of Italy's strike regulatory body (commissione di garanzia e sciopero) has called for a moratorium on public service strikes in Rome that coincide with important events during the pope's special Jubilee year.

Roberto Alesse, the head of the regulatory body, suggested in a senate hearing that such a measure should be inserted into a government decree preventing strikes in museums.

Recently Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, announced that museums and archaeological sites will be added to the list of essential public services, such as public transport, schools and hospitals. Stikes in these sectors are strictly regulated; they can only take place with advanced warning and due permission.