- Title: Commuter chaos as Italian unions call 24-hour strike
- Date: 21st October 2016
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (OCTOBER 21, 2016) (REUTERS) BUS ARRIVING AT MAIN BUS AND TRAIN STATION BUS WITH "DEPOT" WRITTEN ON FRONT PEOPLE WAITING AT BUS STOP BUS AT MAIN BUS AND TRAIN STATION BUS WITH "DEPOT" WRITTEN ON FRONT PEOPLE WALKING ALONG STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) COMMUTER IRLEI TOLEDO SAYING: "Lots of problems. I will arrive late for work. When a bus passes they are all full and you can't even put a foot inside. Something needs to be done, it just can't continue like this." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) COMMUTER SILVANA PIRAS SAYING: "All the buses are packed full and you just can't get in. But people are still trying." JOURNALIST ASKING IF THE STRIKE IS CORRECT? "No, because it just gives us problems at the end of the day. I am not saying they are not right (to strike) though." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) COMMUTER ANNA CARLUCCI SAYING: "It is embarrassing, really embarrassing. At the moment there haven't been too many problems but at 5 o'clock there will be because there will only be a few buses and loads of people." MAIN BUS AND TRAIN STATION BUS WITH "OUT OF SERVICE" WRITTEN ON IT VARIOUS PEOPLE WAITING FOR BUS PEOPLE LEAVING METRO STATION BUS WITH "DEPOT" WRITTEN ON FRONT BUSES WITH "DEPOT" WRITTEN ON FRONT DRIVING ALONG ROAD PEOPLE PUSHING THEIR WAY INTO THE BUS PEOPLE WAITING AT STATION
- Embargoed: 5th November 2016 07:33
- Keywords: Italy strike unions Renzi commuter
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA00154Y5CG7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Italian commuters on Friday (October 21) struggled to get to work as unions called a 24-hour nationwide strike affecting public transport, schools and some airport services.
USB, Unicobas and USI labour unions, who called the strike, are protesting against the "Jobs Act" brought in by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government which, workers say, has weakened protection against dismissal and makes it easier for companies to use temporary labour instead of using full-time, long term contracts.
In the morning, people were struggling to get on the few packed buses that were still running, with most buses displaying "depot" signs. Rail and metro services will also be affected. Some children were unable to attend schools as teachers participated in the protest. Airport services, including baggage handling, are also expected to be affected by the strike.
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