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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this January

Strikes are back on in Italy as unions have called dozens of local demonstrations for the coming weeks. Here's what you need to know.

Buses in central Rome
Rome residents will be affected by a four-hour public transport strike on Monday, January 16th. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

Travel to, from and across Italy was regularly disrupted by strikes over the course of last year.

While travellers might have hoped this trend would change in 2023, transport strikes are set to continue in the new year.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

Unions have announced a number of strikes affecting rail and public transport services as well as airline travel for the month of January, according to the Italian transport ministry’s website.

All of the strikes confirmed so far are regional or local, meaning that – while still inconvenient – they’re not expected to cause disruption on a major scale.

Here are the main January strikes divided by their relevant sector.

Public transport

January 13th: Staff from CSC Mobilita’, Latina’s main public transport operator, will hold a 24-hour strike, whereas Milan-based bus operator Movibus will strike from 4pm to 8pm.

Meanwhile, a planned 24-hour strike by staff at Naples’ public transport operator EAV on Friday, January 13th, was called off due the presence of thousands of football fans in the city ahead of Friday evening’s big match, Napoli v Juventus.

January 16th: A planned four-hour strike by staff with Rome’s public transport operators Atac and RomaTPL was called off on Friday, January 13th after the involved transport companies reached an agreement with local unions.

READ ALSO: Rome transport disruption averted as unions call off Monday strike

As such, all public transport services in the city are expected to run regularly during the day.

Roma Termini bus station in Rome, Italy

The planned January 16th strike by Atac and TPL staff was called off after the involved parties reached an agreement. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

A four-hour strike by staff at SETA, which provides bus services in Modena, Piacenza and Reggio Emilia, will instead go ahead as planned. Urban lines will be affected from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, whereas extra-urban lines will be affected from 5pm to 9pm.

January 20th: Staff from Trieste’s public transport operator Trasporti Trieste and Pordenone’s Atap will hold a 24-hour strike on Friday, January 20th.

Further info on the strikes can be found on the companies’ own websites.

January 24th: Staff from TPER, which operates urban bus lines in Bologna and Ferrara, will strike from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Tuesday, January 24th. 

January 25-26th: Italy’s petrol stations will strike in protest at suggestions they are to blame for a steep rise in petrol prices, after the government brought in new rules for gas stations which it said would improve the transparency of fuel prices and stop speculative hikes. The rules mean stations must display the average national price of fuel alongside their rates.

The strike means most petrol stations, particularly along motorways, are likely to remain closed for the 48-hour period.

January 27th: Personnel from Treviso’s public transport operator MOM will strike from 5.30pm to the end of the day on Friday, January 27th.

January 30th: Savona residents will be hit by a 24-hour public transport strike on Monday, January 30th. 

The strike will affect all lines operated by local company TPL.

Rail 

January 13th: Trenitalia staff in Friuli Venezia-Giulia and Florence, Tuscany will take part in an eight-hour strike on Friday, January 13th. 

The strike will start at 9am and end at 5pm.

For further details on the strike and on guaranteed services, see Trenitalia’s website.

A Trenitalia Frecciarossa train

A number of strikes will affect regional Trenitalia services in January. Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

January 20th: Puglia-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9am to 5pm on Friday, January 20th. 

A list of essential services is available here.

January 26th-27th: Staff from Trenitalia’s Emilia-Romagna section are expected to strike from 9pm on Thursday, January 26th to 9pm on Friday, January 27th.

A list of minimum services is available here.

Air travel

Strike action on on Friday, January 27th by ground service company Swissport Italia and handling companies Airport Handling and Air Cargo may result in delays and queues at Milan’s Linate airport.

Staff from Swissport Italia will hold a 24-hour strike, whereas the other two ground operators will strike for four hours (from 10.30am to 2.30pm for Airport Handling; from 9pm to 1am of the next day for Airport Cargo).

The strike is not expected to result in any flight cancellations, but passengers with checked baggage will face inconvenience with queues at bag drop and delays at reclaim, according to Italian media reports.

Passengers are always advised to check the status of their service before travelling on strike dates.

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.

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Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travellers are once again set to face serious disruption as Italy will experience a new round of transport strikes in February. Here's what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Calendar: The transport strikes to expect in Italy this February

Travel to, from and across Italy was disrupted by dozens of strikes in January

And, while many travellers might have hoped for a change in the trend, strikes are set to continue into February as Italian unions have already announced a further round of demonstrations affecting rail and public transport services as well as airline travel.

Here’s an overview of February’s main strike actions, including a national public transport strike on Friday, February 17th and another nationwide walkout from airport ground staff on Tuesday, February 28th.

Public transport

February 17th: Public transport staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Friday, February 17th. 

The strike was called in late January by Italian union USB (Unione Sindacale di Base) to protest against precarious work and “wild privatisation” attempts on the part of the Italian state.

READ ALSO: Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?

There currently aren’t any details as to what percentage of workers will take part in the action. As such, the amount of disruption travellers should expect on the day cannot be estimated yet. 

Air travel

February 12th: Air traffic control staff at Perugia’s San Francesco d’Assisi airport will take part in a 24-hour strike action on Sunday, February 12th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the walkout in question will affect air travel to and from the airport on the day.

Travellers at an Italian airport

A national strike from ground service staff may cause delays and queues at many Italian airports on Tuesday, February 28th. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

February 28th: Baggage handlers and other airport ground service staff will take part in a national 24-hour strike on Tuesday, February 28th. 

It isn’t yet clear how the strike will affect air travel during the day, though a similar demonstration caused significant delays and queues at some Italian airports in late January.

ENAV air traffic operators based in Calabria are also expected to strike on February 28th, with the walkout set to start at 1pm and end at 5pm.

Rail

February 5th-6th: Calabria-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9pm on Sunday, February 5th to 9pm the following day. 

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 9th: Staff from Lombardy’s Trenord will take part in a 22-hour strike – from 2am to 11.50pm – on Thursday, February 9th.

Empty train platform in Codogno, Lombardy

Staff from Lombardy’s regional railway operator Trenord will strike for 22 hours on Thursday, February 9th. Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP

It’s currently unclear whether Trenord will operate minimum services on the day. Any information regarding the strike will be released on the following website page

February 12th-13th: Trenitalia staff in Emilia-Romagna will strike from 3.30am on Sunday, February 12th to 2.30am on Monday, February 13th.

A list of guaranteed services in the region is available here.

February 19th: Veneto-based Trenitalia staff will strike from 9am to 5pm on Sunday, February 19th. 

Guaranteed services are available here.

On the same day, there will be no service between Milan’s Milano Centrale station and Paris’s Gare de Lyon due to a strike from staff at France’s national railway company SNCF.

READ ALSO: Trains and planes: Italy’s new international travel routes in 2023

February 20th: Trenitalia personnel in Lombardy are expected to strike from 9am to 5pm on Monday, February 20th. 

Guaranteed services haven’t been made available yet. 

You can keep up to date with the latest strike news from Italy HERE.

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