A one day strike by rail and transit unions has brought widespread disorder to Italy’s transport system. Unions say they have called the 24 hour stoppage to put pressure on national contract talks, which are up for renewal.
The action brought chaos to many disgruntled commuters with most train services, trams, and metro networks out of action. “I respect the right to go on strike but citizens should also be respected and should not have to travel in such painful conditions,’‘ said one Rome commuter.
Running for 24 hours with short breaks in the morning and evening to allow the lucky few to travel, commuters scrambled to catch the limited services on offer. Meanwhile, pilots and cabin crew from national airline Alitalia also staged their own mini demonstration.
They are unhappy with the final wording of a plan being put forward by takeover consortium CAI. Several flights in Rome were delayed by the impromptu sit in.
And as Alitalia staff called for immediate strike action, another kind of strike compounded the mayhem to hit Italy’s passengers. A Ryanair jet was forced to land at Rome’s Ciampino airport after a mid air collision with a flock of birds. All 172 passengers and crew escaped unharmed.