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CALENDAR: The transport strikes to expect in Italy in September 2023

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CALENDAR: The transport strikes to expect in Italy in September 2023
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Travellers in Italy face more disruption this September, with a series of strikes set to affect flights, trains and public transport services.

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More travel disruption is likely in Italy this September as trade unions have already announced a number of walkouts for the coming weeks.

But not all of the strikes announced are expected to be equally disruptive.

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Transport strikes are a fairly regular occurrence in Italy, and the country's transport ministry has a handy calendar listing all confirmed strikes.

Here's a look at the protests that airline, rail and public transport passengers will need to know about.

September 16th:Ground staff at airports around Italy had been set to strike for eight hours on Saturday, September 16th, from 10am to 6pm.

However the strike announcement has since been removed from the transport ministry's list and no longer appears to be going ahead.

Passengers travelling on this date are advised to contact their airline for more information.

September 18th: Local public transport may be affected by a 24-hour strike on Monday, September 18th.

The duration and severity of the strike action is likely to vary from city to city, and region to region. As it is backed by three of the major transport unions in Italy (CUB, USB, FAISA), this protest is expected to cause widespread disruption in at least some cities. 

Milan is expected to see significant disruption as many staff at public transport company ATM are set to take part.

Further information is expected to be available nearer the date.

Staff at Italo, the private train company operating high-speed lines between major cities, were also planning to strike on the 17th-18th, but that protest has since been called off.

Empty bus station in Rome

Two nationwide public transport strikes may ruin the travel plans of both locals and visitors in September. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP

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September 29th: Baggage handlers at airports around the country plan to strike for 24 hours on Friday, September 29th. 

No further details about the walkout are available at the time of writing, but, as in similar demonstrations held in previous months, ground operations such as check-in and baggage collection may experience delays.

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

On the same date, public transport staff will hold another 24-hour nationwide strike.

This protest, however, will only be backed by one union (USB) and is not expected to cause major disruption.

How bad are strikes in Italy?

Strikes in Italy are frequent but not all of them cause significant disruption for travellers.

The severity of disruption caused by any strike in the country largely depends on how many staff in any part of the transport sector decide to participate.

And, even in the case of highly disruptive strikes, some essential services (or servizi minimi) are guaranteed to run at peak times. This goes for all transport sectors, from local public transport to rail and air travel.

Follow the latest updates in The Local's strike news section.

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