Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

August gas-station strike in Italy postponed


(ANSA) - Rome, July 27 - Italian motorists and
holidaymakers breathed a sigh of relief on Friday when a planned
strike on August 4 and 5 by unions representing gas stations was
suspended, pending the outcome of meetings with oil companies.
In mid-July, gas stations announced three days of strike
action against industry price hikes and the alleged failure of
the government to protect the sector.
Strikes had originally been slated for the first weekend of
August, beginning August 3, but the number of strike days was
reduced by one by a commission assigned to review to assess the
legitimacy of the strike.
Sector unions Faib, Fegica, Cisl and Figisc/Anisa have
blamed the government for simply "watching laws being broken" by
petroleum industry giants which the gas station operators say
are "driving them to ruin."
They demanded action from the government, which in turn
promised to meet with the petrol industry association Unione
Meetings with individual oil companies are expected to
start next week.
The unions say they could still strike in September
depending on the outcome of the talks.
A major session involving the Ministry of Economic
Development is planned for Sept. 15.

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