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Black Friday for Italy's public transport system

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Black Friday for Italy's public transport system

Black Friday for Italy's public transport system
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Severe disruption was expected on public transport in Italy as trade unions call for a nationwide strike.

The three unions which represent among others public transport and public administration workers as well as teachers, are demanding better pay and conditions. They are also denouncing a lack of security in the workplace which they claim is the cause of numerous accidents.

“We need to figure something out,” said one passenger. “I have to go to work. I would have done better staying at home, given that it is a general strike. We should all stay at home, but we have to earn a living.”

A basic service is in place on public transport during rush hour today.Public administration and schools were also expected to be affected by the strike.

Government plans to cut more than 80,000 jobs in schools and to bring back single teacher classrooms have run into harsh criticism.