A strike we can all support. Italy motorway tolls to be suspended from 2-4 August. Possibly.
AGI News Agency reported Tuesday afternoon that negotiations were underway to end the strike. More when we have it.
01.08.13 10:20 Terrible news: the strike has been called off.
Motorway workers in Italy will strike from 2-4 August after failed pay negotiations.
The strike will mean toll booths will close over what is traditionally the busiest weekends on the country’s roads.
On Friday 2 August, all admin and call centre staff will strike for the last four hours of each shift.
The next day, Saturday 3 August, all staff on the motorways, including those manning the tolls booths, will stop work between 10:00-14:00, 18:00-22:00 and 22:00-02:00 on Sunday morning.
Motorway tolls are expected to be suspended during these periods.
A joint statement from all the unions involved, the Filt-CGIL, CISL-Fit, Uiltrasporti, UglTrasporti and Sla-CISAL, says, ‘Despite the increase in tolls, the lack of investment and generous profits, the motorway companies, after a year of negotiations, do not intend to adjust the remuneration of workers through the renewal of the collective labour agreement.’
The first weekend of August is the start of the annual getaway in Italy though this year, because of falling traffic levels during the recession, the government has not issued its usual calming advice to motorists.
After the soon-aborted strike of motorway filling stations last week, clearly it is not certain the strike will go ahead. If it does, expect this August holiday weekend to be busier than ever.