Strike to affect Italy's public transport, schools and flights.
A national general strike scheduled in Italy on Friday 20 October is set to disrupt the country's education, health and transport sectors, including rail and air travel.
The 24-hour strike has been called by numerous trade unions and will affect services provided by both the public and private sector.
Unions say the reasons for the nationwide strike include calls for renewal of contracts, reduction of working hours and a freeze on the government's military spending, among other demands.
The industrial action is set to disrupt local public transport networks in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities on Friday, as well as some high-speed and regional train services.
Most rail services on Friday are guaranteed from 06.00-09.00 and 18.00-21.00, with full information available on the companies' websites.
The national strike also involves air travel, with some flights at risk of delays and cancellations due to a 24-hour protest scheduled from 00.01 to 00.59 on Friday.
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.
A seguito di uno sciopero nazionale del trasporto aereo di 24 ore indetto per il 20 ottobre 2023, alcuni voli potrebbero subire ritardi o cancellazioni.
si invitano pertanto i passeggeri a verificare lo stato del proprio volo con la compagnia aerea di riferimento. pic.twitter.com/nAIRkloeBN
— Aeroporti di Roma (@AeroportidiRoma) October 19, 2023
The ENAC website also contains a list of international and domestic flights that are guaranteed to take off on Friday.
ITA Airways says it has been forced to cancelled 20 domestic flights on Friday as a result of the strike.
A causa dello Sciopero Generale dei settori Pubblici e Privati di 24 ore proclamato per la giornata di venerdì 20 ottobre 2023 siamo costretti a cancellare 20 voli nazionali. Qui la lista dei voli coinvolti https://t.co/WeOzOJ6A2l pic.twitter.com/DL2fW7w1MY
— ITA Airways Risponde (@ITAAirways) October 16, 2023
Local public transport
Night bus services in Rome on the night between Thursday and Friday are also at risk, according to the capital's mobility website.
Domani, venerdì 20 ottobre, #sciopero dei trasporti. Possibili stop sulle linee di Atac e Roma Tpl dalle 8.30 alle 17 e dalle 20 a fine servizio diurno.
Tutte le info https://t.co/FszW6MTLxG pic.twitter.com/GI5VTzgJ1n
— Roma (@Roma) October 19, 2023
In Milan the subway will run as normal on Wednesday until 18.00, after which services are not guaranteed, and there will be disruption to ATM buses and trams from 08.45 to 15.00 and again after 18.00.
The strike could also affect kindergartens, schools, hospitals and health facilities, putting the opening of some schools at risk.
For official information about upcoming strikes in Italy see the transport ministry website.
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