Italy set for nationwide transport strike on 16 June

Rome’s commuters will be affected by a 24-hour public transport strike on Friday 16 June, called by trade unions to protest privatisation in the sector.

In addition to the capital’s buses and metro systems, the strike is expected to affect regional trains, flights and local sea travel.

In Rome various trade unions representing the capital’s public transport company ATAC are to hold two separate strikes, one of which will last four hours, from 11.00-15.00. ATAC employees are also striking from 08.30-17.00 and from 20.00 until end of service.

Rome’s bus and metro services should run as normal before 08.30, and between 17.00 and 20.00. The capital’s suburban bus company Roma TPL and regional coach service Cotral are expected to follow the same strike times as ATAC. For details see Muoversi a Roma website.

The strike will affect the air sector although Italy’s civil aviation authority ENAC assures travellers that flights between 07.00 and 10.00, and 18.00 and 21.00, should run as scheduled. Neither is there disruption expected to many intercontinental flights or connections to Italian islands with only one daily service.