Food shortages and soaring costs are the high price of Italy’s lorry drivers’ strike. The truckers’ protest against the government’s reform and austerity drive is beginning to take a heavy toll on everyday life.
No deliveries means no food on the shelves in some places.
One wholesale businessman said among the knock-on effects was a price rise of 50 – 100 percent for some items, where they are available.
A surge in fuel costs triggered the strike, now it has driven prices at the pump even higher.
Italy’s technocrat administration, which is trying to deregulate a number of industries, says the painful measures are necessary and shows no signs of packing down.
For several days there have been lorry blocades on some of the country’s main roads, and the truckers have said they will continue until friday.
However, after a man was killed in an accident at a blockade in the north of the country yesterday, some trucks are being allowed to pass.