Italy strikes for International Women's Day

Strikes in Rome and across Italy affect transport, schools and health services.

Trade unions representing workers across a range of public sectors in Italy are adhering to a nationwide strike on Friday 8 March, International Women's Day, in protest over numerous causes including male violence against women, gender discrimination, and harassment in the workplace.

In Rome the 24-strike action will affect the city's bus, metro, tram and train network, effective from 08.30 to 17.00 and from 20.00 until end of service.

On a national level, the strike involves the entire railway system, with delays and cancellations of trains expected for Trenitalia, Italo and Trenord.

Airport ground workers and ferry employees are due to strike between 14.00 an 16.00, along with Alitalia pilots, flight attendants and ground staff.

The strike will also affect Rome's municipal offices, all schools including kindergartens, public health offices and rubbish collection.

There are two scheduled sit-ins: one at 09.00 outside the ministry of Health, and one at 10.30 at the labour ministry. The Non una di meno demonstration takes place at 17.00, from Piazza Vittorio to Piazza Madonna di Loreto.

For details of Milan strike see Wanted in Milan website.