Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Transport strike causes huge disruption in Italy's cities


(ANSA) - Rome, October 2 - A 24-hour strike by transport
unions caused massive disruption in Italy's cities on Tuesday.
The strike, called over the failure to reach an agreement
on a contract renewal for workers in the sector, caused the
metros of big cities such as Rome and Milan to be shut down.
Bus, tram and local train services were slashed.
With many people forced to take their cars to get to work,
there were lots of traffic jams.
Other people were forced to walk or cycle long distances.
There was tension in Milan, where commuters tried to force
open a gate to catch the last metro before the start of the
strike at the station near the city's cathedral while staff were
trying to close it.
"The contract has not been renewed since 2007 so it's
inevitable that we are applying pressure," said Susanna Camusso,
the leader of Italy's biggest and most left-wing trade union
confederation CGIL.
"The government raised taxes to support public transport
but that money has never been seen and the service has

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