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Strikes in Italy


Italy is prone to wildcat strikes, so much so that there is a commission to deal with and plan for industrial action. The strike authority's website is in Italian but has a calendar of upcoming strikes (scioperi). It is possible to search for information on strikes by date, region or sector. Strikes are usually local and last 4 hours to a day. During a national strike transportation may be stop running or be less frequent. Most strikes are planned and announced in advance.

  • The Strike Commissions Website (in Italian)
    • to find out about forthcoming strikes click on calendario scioperi (strike schedule) and then on elenco scioperi for a full list of strikes in Italy
  • The British Embassy also publishes travel advice when major strikes are planned, especially those concerning public transport

Strikes and Public Transport

If travelling on a strike day the main points of contact for public transport and flight information are the following:

  • Alitalia (Italian airways)
    Tel: 8488 6564123 from outside Rome
    Tel: 06 6564123 from Rome
  • Trenitalia (Italian railways)

Rail strikes often affect a region only. The Trenitalia website publishes updated schedules in the regional section (in Italian only).

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Ministerio delle infrastrutture e dei Trasporti) provides information on strikes in the transportation industry, including RSS feeds.

Further Information

Funzione Pubblica is a Trade Union federated to the CGIL organisation looking after public workers.