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UPDATE: Italy's government postpones nationwide rail strike on Sunday

Giampietro Vianello
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UPDATE: Italy's government postpones nationwide rail strike on Sunday
Train passengers pictured inside Milan's Stazione Centrale in July 2023. Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

A 23-hour nationwide rail strike planned for Sunday, May 19th was postponed on Thursday following orders from Italy's transport ministry.


Passengers travelling across Italy by train were expected to face disruption this weekend as staff at state-owned railway operator Ferrovie dello Stato – which includes Trenitalia, Trenord and Trenitalia Tper – and private company Italo planned to strike from 3am on Sunday, May 19th to 2am on Monday, May 20th, for a total of 23 hours.

But Italy's transport ministry on Thursday issued an injunction postponing the walkout to a future date, saying that the protest may have resulted in "major repercussions and public order and safety issues" at the Emilia Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix over the weekend.

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The walkout had been called by the PdM/PdB transport union in mid-April to demand the renewal of collective labour agreements in the rail transport sector.

The planned protest was set to affect all types of rail travel, from long-distance services to regional and local ones, with passengers in multiple areas of the country expected to face delays and/or cancellations. 

Staff at national rail operator Trenitalia, private long-distance operator Italo and regional train companies Trenord and Trenitalia Tper were all expected to take part in the walkout.


As of Friday morning, the PdM/PdB union had not yet issued a response and there was no detail as to when the walkout would take place.

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Some Italian media reports on Friday said that rail workers may openly challenge the injunction and go ahead with the strike on Sunday, but there was no statement from the PdM/PdB union nor the involved rail operators supporting this claim. 

Keep up with the latest updates in The Local's strike news section.


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