Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Gas stations cancel protests planned for the holidays

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Rome, December 19 - Italian petrol distributors on
Wednesday lifted gas station protests scheduled for the
holidays, ensuring smoother traveling for drivers motoring to
their Christmas and New Year's destinations.
A consortium of retail petrol interest groups and unions
accepted the Italian government's appeal to suspend all forms of
protest planned for the busy road-trip season.
The consortium threatened last month to refuse electronic
payment by debit or credit cards at thousands of petrol
distributors throughout Italy during the week between Christmas
and New Year's Day.
The groups also threatened to intentionally bungle payments
for petrol station resupplies, thus disrupting petrol company
operations and potentially leaving petrol stations dry of fuel
just as Italians motor off to their Christmas destinations.
The groups - FAIB Confesercenti, FEGICA CISL and
FIGISC/ANISA Confcommercio - urged the Italian economic
development ministry to force petrol companies to obey current
laws and joint agreements, and called on the government to act
as an intermediary for negotiations.
Gas stations also accuse the government of policies that
overcompensate oil companies and under-compensate distributors.
Negotiations were inconclusive between petrol-station
managers and the industry ministry on December 10, sparking pump
closures for several days last week.

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