Italy braced for strikes on buses, metro and trains on December 3.
Public transport workers in Rome and Milan go on strike on Friday, December 3 to protest against Green Pass rules in Italy.
Employees of Rome’s municipal public transport company ATAC will be on strike from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, affecting bus, metro, tram and tram services as well as possibly Roma TPL bus services.
In Milan, the four-hour action will strike workers at the city’s ATM transport company from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.
The Italian national railway Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) also expects its services to be interrupted, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Likewise, Trenord’s rail services in the northern Lombardy region around Milan will be threatened on Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The national action has been called by the UGL Autoferro e Ferrovieri union against the obligation for workers to have the Green Pass, a certificate proving that the holder has been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from covid-19.
The move to strike comes after Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced new Super Green Pass rules, in effect from December 6 to January 15, which exclude unvaccinated people from accessing a wide range of social activities, cultural and sporting.
Until now, the Italian Green Pass was not required for local public transport or regional rail travel, but it will be mandatory from December 6 to January 15 at least, with the possibility that this requirement will be extended until in 2022.
Those who are not vaccinated and have to travel on local public transport or regional trains after December 6 can get the Green Pass by getting tested for covid every few days.
The Italian news agency ANSA reports that the police in Rome are on the verge of enforcing the new rules on the capital’s public transport network, carrying out checks on commuters during the Christmas season.
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