A series of strikes by taxi drivers and airport workers is set to disrupt travel in Italy this Thanksgiving weekend and into early December.
According to TheLocal.it, a taxi driver strike is planned for today, November 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, to protest competition from Uber and other new competing services. Drivers called for the strike after union leaders rejected proposals from the Italian Ministry of Transport Monday night. A protest is also planned for today in Rome.
ANSA reports that there were no taxis at Rome’s Fiumicino airport Tuesday morning, while 500 taxi drivers staged a protest outside the transport ministry, which is at Porta Pia.
According to Travel Industry Today, further strikes are planned this weekend and in early December. Friday, December 1, airport personnel will strike for 24 hours at airports in Milan. December 7, staff at Alitalia will stage a strike for 24 hours. Another, nationwide 24-hour strike is scheduled for December 15, while train staff are planning an eight-hour strike for December 17.
Thus far no major airlines have issued travel waivers as a result of today’s labor action, or the strikes planned through December. We’ll post an update at www.travelagentcentral.com as we learn more.