Italy's general strike on tomorrow will leave 30,000 Alitalia passengers stranded...
Italy's general strike on tomorrow will leave 30,000 Alitalia passengers stranded as employees protesting planned labor market reforms force the flagship carrier to cancel three quarters of its flights.
The Rome based air group will cancel 271 of the 374 flights scheduled on April 16th, Alitalia said in a faxed statement. Many employees will hold off work between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
?Travelers will have problems as it is clear the strike will be successful,? said Alberto Cassandra, a spokesman for Filt- CGIL, the largest union of Alitalia employees. ?However, it was announced long ago so people know to expect everything to grind to a halt that day.?
Unions have called the first nationwide strike in eight years in a bid to curb the government's plan to make labor market regulations more flexible in Europe's fourth-largest economy. Cassandra said at least 300,000 of the nation's 500,000 transport workers will walk off the job on Tuesday.