Cinque Terre Insider

American expat insight into Italy's fabulous "Five Lands"

***UPDATE: The 24-hour regional train strike in Liguria that was planned to start at 9pm on Saturday, July 11th, has been called off. All trains will be running as scheduled.

Before listing the potential strikes for Italy for July 2015 I want to caution against alarmism.  Keep in mind that in Italy strikes are frequently planned but almost as frequently they are called off, reduced or pushed back.  Do not confuse an Italian strike with those that carry on interminably in other parts of the world.  Italy has what I consider “convenience” strikes for a limited number of hours (after which things will go right back to normal as if the strike never happened).

With that said, it’s good to know of the possibility of strikes in advance so that you can have a “Plan B” in place, if necessary.  Here are the potential strikes for July 2015:

RAILWAY

Saturday, July 11th:  Proposed 24-hour regional train strike for Liguria (the region in which the Cinque Terre are located), from 9pm on Saturday until 9pm on Sunday, July 12th.

Thursday, July 23rd: Proposed 24-hour regional train strike for Piemonte (Piedmont, which is the region in which Turin is located), from 9pm on Thursday until 9pm on Friday, July 24th.

Friday, July 24th:  An overlapping 8-hour regional train strike for Piemonte (Piedmont, which is the region in which Turin is located) is proposed from 9am to 5pm.

For tips on what to do during an Italian railway strike, check out my previous post here.  

AIR TRANSPORT

Tuesday, July 14th: Proposed 24-hour national air transport strike (from midnight to midnight) for Alitalia navigation employees.  On the same day, an 8-hour strike (from 10am to 6pm) is planned for Enav, Techno Sky and Meridiana Fly employees.  A 4-hour strike (from 10am to 2pm) is planned for Ata Italia employees (which will only affect the airports of Linate and Malpensa in Milan).  From 1pm to 5pm employees for Acc di Milano (air traffic controllers at Milan airports) will be on strike.


My advice:  If you are planning on flying into (or out of) Italy on July 14th I would be closely monitoring the situation especially if you are flying on Alitalia or Meridiana and/or into Milan airports (although this is a national strike, there are more entities striking in Milan than in any other airport in Italy).  To be honest, the proposed air transport strike is more worrisome than the proposed railway strikes (as the latter are regional strikes, not national, and can be circumvented).

For details (in Italian): Calendario scioperi trasporti luglio 2015: ecco chi si ferma e quando

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