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Italy faces flight disruption on Friday due to airport workers strike

Strike reduced from 24 hours to four hours.

Air travellers in Italy face disruption on Friday 29 September due to a nationwide strike by airport ground staff and baggage handlers from 13.00 to 17.00.

The industrial dispute, initially scheduled to be 24 hours, was reduced to four hours after Italy's transport minister Matteo Salvini issued an injunction to limit the dispute.

The industrial action had been due to take place the same day as a 24-hour strike affecting local public transport services across Italy however this was postponed to 9 October following a government order.

The reasons for Friday's airport workers' strike - called for by the Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti and Ugl Trasporto aereo trade unions - include demands for greater job security and the renewal of a national collective labour contract that expired six years ago.

Rome's Fiumicino airport posted a notice of the strike on social media, warning travellers to check their flight status with their airline in advance.

The Italian civil aviation authority ENAC reminds air travellers that during strikes in Italy flights are guaranteed from 07.00-10.00 and 18.00-21.00.

The ENAC website also contains a list of international and domestic flights that are guaranteed to take off on Friday.

For official information about upcoming strikes in Italy see the transport ministry website

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