Italy’s been hit by a one-day rail strike that has paralysed much of the country just as the summer tourist season gets underway. Thousands of trains were cancelled. The stoppage follows a breakdown in contract negotiations between unions and employers.
But the causes were of little concern to some frustrated travellers: “Imagine coming here and discovering your train has been eliminated. This shouldn’t happen in a democracy,” said a man in Rome’s main station. The Management said it would try to keep services running during rush hour but it appeared to have only limited success. A British tourist caught in the chaos said: “I am trying to get to Naples and then to Sorrento but we were supposed to leave about 7 o’clock this morning and we are still waiting.”
It is the latest in a series of strikes that have disrupted daily life in Italy in recent months. The action follows protests by cab drivers, airline staff, petrol station workers and others.