Rome's public transport strikes 2 October

Strike to hit Rome's public transport network.

A 24-hour public transport strike is set for Rome on Friday 2 October and will affect passengers on Rome's public transport network ATAC and suburban bus company Roma Tpl. The shutdown is planned from 08.30 until 17.00 and from 20.00 until end of service.

The strike will affect ATAC buses, trams, metro and light rail services Roma-Lido, Roma-Giardinetti and Roma-Civitacastellana-Viterbo, as well as the suburban bus routes operated by Roma Tpl, with city night bus services also at risk between 2 and 3 October.

The trade unions say that ATAC employees are protesting proposed changes to collective company agreements, work timetables, and the right to strike, while Roma Tpl workers are striking over arrears, compensation and staff management.

The strike comes the same week as a ceiling collapse at the Spagna station on the city's Metro A line caused commuter chaos on 28 September.

There had been a strike planned for 15 September, the day the city's schools reopened after the summer holidays, but this was averted at the last minute by Rome's prefect Franco Gabrielli.

The last public transport strike was held in Rome on 7 August after talks with union bosses broke down over the alleged threat of salary cuts for their workers.

For full strike details see the Muoversi a Roma website.