Nationwide Strike Threatens Italy’s Airports on 4th June
Airline passengers planning to travel to or from Italy are set to face further disruption on 4 June as staff at airports around the country plan to take part in a 24-hour walkout.
The action is over employment contracts for handling staff. Unions say pay and conditions have not improved in the last six years.
At least four of Italy’s largest transport workers’ unions are involved and the protest is expected to cause at least some disruption at all of Italy’s major airports, especially at check-in desks and baggage collection points.
The good news is that under Italian law flights scheduled to leave between 7-10 AM and 6-9 PM are protected from strike action.
The nationwide strike action was initially scheduled for 19 May but was postponed after disastrous flooding hit parts of the country.
Handling staff at airports throughout the country will walk out for a four-hour window on Sunday between 12 pm and 4 pm.
Meanwhile, air traffic control operators employed by ENAV’s Rome and Milan centres have announced a strike between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Atitech staff at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and handling staff at Bergamo’s Orio Al Serio airport will strike for the full 24 hours, according to a local report.
Staff from several airlines are also set to hold separate protests throughout the day which may result in significant flight delays or cancellations.
To stay up to date and check which flights are guaranteed to depart, you can visit the website of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority. They have a list available that will help you navigate this challenging time.
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